U.S. 77 upgrades to a freeway from Bishop southwest into Kingsville. The limited access portion concludes south of FM 1356. Intersections follow southward at Trant Road, FM 1717, and the South Creek subdivision. Estimated to cost $45 million, Project ID 010204099 converts to a freeway this 3.39 mile stretch of U.S. 77 south to CR 2130. Construction is expected to start within the next four years.
Converting the remainder of U.S. 77 south through Kleberg County into IH 69E, including a four mile long bypass of Riviera, is programmed for future construction within five to ten years. Work is estimate to cost $215 million.
South into Kenedy County, with the exception of ongoing work from a point 1.34 miles north of the Willacy County line, construction to convert U.S. 77 into IH 69E is still another 5 to 10 years off. Completion of the main lanes and overpasses for IH 69E along a 6.26 mile section leading south into Raymondville is anticipated for May 2020. The southern 3.977 miles of work (project ID 032710057), to the split with U.S. 77 Business, wraps up this Fall.