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Before a project is built, a study must be done to determine if it will fill a transportation need, will not negatively impact the surrounding area and fits the department's overall plan. During the study phase, potential projects are analyzed to determine if they are cost-effective while also efficiently improving mobility. Some of these projects have moved beyond the study phase and are under construction.

Location Project Description
Brownsville US 281 Military Highway Expand to a four-lane road between FM 3428 and FM 1421
Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Kenedy, Starr and Willacy County RGV Regional Freight & Trade Plan The Plan will strive to address and support regional and cross-border trade challenges and opportunities
Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy Counties I-69 Connector Feasibility Study Feasibility study to evaluate a possible roadway connection from I-69C/US 281 to I-69E/US 77
Hidalgo County US 281 - Future I-69C Proposed improvements to US 281 from FM 490 to SH 186/FM 1017
Hidalgo County I-2 and I-69C Interchange Improvements to the interchange at I-2 and I-69C
Hidalgo County SH 68 Proposed 22-mile new road that will connect I-2/US 83 to I-69C/US 281
Hidalgo County FM 494 Improvements to enhance safety and accommodate increasing traffic
La Joya US 83 Relief route from FM 886 to Showers Road
McAllen I-2 and Bicentennial Boulevard Improvements to provide better access, enhance safety and provide safer accommodations for bikes and pedestrians
South Padre Island South Padre Island Second Access A secondary access route to connect South Padre Island and the Texas mainland