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 Highway (US) 59 to interstate standards by constructing frontage roads and reconstructing US 59 mainlanes from approximately 0.2 miles north of Farm-to-Market (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:

  • Construct two-lane northbound and southbound frontage roads
  • Construction of new bridges over the Trinity River with turnarounds (U-turns)
  • Construct an overpass with U-turns at FM 1127

Next steps

  • Approval of the schematic and environmental studies: late 2022 – late 2024
  • Detailed engineering plans, necessary environmental permits, ROW acquisition and utility relocations: early 2025 – late 2028
  • Project bid (letting): Spring 2029

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