US 69 Lumberton-Kountze relief route
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US 69 Lumberton-Kountze relief route

TxDOT's Beaumont District is proposing a US 69 relief route that stretches approximately 20.2 miles from Cooks Lake Road (south of Lumberton) to FM 1003 (north of Kountze) in Hardin County. US 69 is a north-south highway that runs from Port Arthur to Denison, Texas and is designated as a hurricane evacuation route.

Project purpose and need

The purpose of the US 69 relief route is to provide a relief route to support safe and efficient north/south movement of people and goods between Beaumont and Woodville. The proposed project aims to do the following:

  • Provide an alternate south-north evacuation route for the growing population of southeast Texas
  • Improve safety by providing a relief route to reduce congestion on existing US 69
  • Address increasing demand from development and freight traffic
  • Provide an alternate/secondary route from Lumberton to Kountze

Proposed improvements

The proposed project would include a new location roadway that would require 325 feet of right-of-way width. The ultimate roadway will include two 12-foot lanes in each direction, a northbound 13-foot outside shoulder to be used as a hurricane evacuation lane, and a southbound 10-foot outside shoulder. The project will also include a two-lane frontage road in each direction. Bicycle and pedestrian accommodations will be considered.

Timeline/next steps*

  • Finalize preliminary design and draft environmental assessment – fall 2024
  • Conduct public hearing - winter 2024
  • Finalize environmental assessment and targeted environmental clearance - spring 2025
  • Begin right-of-way acquisition - upon approval
  • Finalize design and begin phased construction** - 2035

*All timelines are estimated and subject to change.
**This project will be constructed in phases as funding is made available.

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