I-69 in Texas Is Needed
Federal legislation has authorized the development of the I-69 system in Texas along specified U.S. routes, including US 59. The development of I-69 in Texas would relieve traffic congestion caused by a growing population, provide safer travel through the state, improve evacuation routes and support economic development. Existing US 59 does not have the capacity to serve projected traffic volumes and does not meet interstate standards through Polk County.
Polk County - Current Status
In 2008, the Texas Transportation Commission created the I-69 Advisory and five I-69 Segment Committees to increase citizen and community input in the planning of I-69 in Texas. With input from citizens in the area, the Segment Two Committee report identified the Corrigan Relief Route as a top 5 priority section for development.
On June 28, 2012, TxDOT was allocated $5 million for project development services related to the development of I-69 in Polk County from South of Corrigan to North of Corrigan. Therefore, the Corrigan Relief Route project has become TxDOT’s focus for I-69 development in Polk County at this time.
TxDOT will begin using the $5 million that was allocated to Polk County to initiate the project development process which includes environmental studies, schematic development and right of way mapping and to acquire right of way for the US 59 Corrigan Relief Route. An open house was held on December 17, 2015, to display the updated layouts, including the new revised alignment W-2a and gather local citizen input. More information about this project is also available on the US 59 Corrigan Relief Route (Future I-69) project page. Also see information presented from previous Polk County I-69 public meetings.
It should be noted that design and construction funding has not been identified for any I-69 projects in Polk County. Additionally, TxDOT continues to have funding shortfalls in excess of $4 billion per year which makes the financing and delivery of roadway projects challenging. TxDOT will work to develop a long-term strategy to identify funding. This may include federal, state and local resources as well as innovative financing tools such as tolls, establishment of a transportation reinvestment zone (TRZ), local participation in right-of-way costs and donations from local land owners. Despite the funding shortfalls, TxDOT remains committed and understands the importance of advancing I-69 throughout Texas, including Polk County.
I-69 Project Manager
TxDOT Lufkin District