US 59 Upgrade Shepherd to Trinity River (Future I-69)
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US 59 Upgrade Shepherd to Trinity River (Future I-69)

Project overview

The purpose of the proposed improvements is to improve safety and mobility by upgrading the existing US 59 to interstate standards by constructing frontage roads and reconstructing US 59 mainlanes from approximately 0.2 miles north of FM 223 (Church Street) to north of the Trinity River in San Jacinto and Polk counties, Texas. Proposed improvements would also include construction of new Trinity River bridges with turnarounds (U-turn) and an overpass at FM 1127. The proposed project runs approximately six miles and extends from Shepherd, Texas in San Jacinto County to north of the Trinity River in Polk County. The proposed project is anticipated to enhance safety, improve mobility, provide a more efficient hurricane evacuation route and provide system connectivity to I-69.

Proposed improvements

The proposed project would reconstruct US 59 mainlanes and include the following:

  • Reconstruction of US 59 mainlanes
  • Conversion of existing US 59 to a controlled access roadway by adding two-lane northbound and southbound frontage roads
  • Construction of new bridges over the Trinity River with turnarounds (U-turns), overpass with U-turns at FM 1127 and bridge at Big Creek
  • Addition of U-turn at US59/FM 223 overpass

Project timeline

  • TxDOT began schematic and environmental studies in early 2022
  • Field surveying began in early 2022
  • A public meeting was held April 27, 2023
  • Detailed engineering plans, necessary environmental permits, ROW acquisition and utility relocations: late 2024 – late 2028
  • Construction is currently scheduled to begin in 2029

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