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Grzrd:
TxDOT estimates that it will have $4 billion to $5 billion to begin construction on I-69 in approximately 5 years:

http://www.caller.com/news/2010/oct/08/proposed-interstate-69-could-cost-165-billion-in/


--- Quote ---A long awaited highway could cost as much as $16.5 billion to build through Texas, the state Department of Transportation told regional leaders at a meeting Friday.
Construction of Interstate 69 in South Texas could begin as soon as five years from now, and the road from the Rio Grande Valley through the Coastal Bend to Texarkana is at least 20 years from completion, said John Barton, the assistant executive director for engineering operations for the transportation department.
The department expects to have about $4 billion to $5 billion to begin construction on the interstate in Texas...

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(caller. com (Corpus Christi); 10/8/10)

$4 billion seems like a decent amount of money to get things going ...

The Premier:

--- Quote from: Grzrd on October 09, 2010, 01:18:12 PM ---$4 billion seems like a decent amount of money to get things going ...

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Or more alarmingly expensive. They may as well make I-69 a toll road for that price.

Revive 755:
I see from the last half of that article that the exact routing has not exactly been narrowed down for the southern end of I-69,

Anthony_JK:

--- Quote from: Revive 755 on October 10, 2010, 07:40:37 PM ---I see from the last half of that article that the exact routing has not exactly been narrowed down for the southern end of I-69,

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Actually, it has been, to a point...all three roads (US 59 to Laredo, and US 77 and US 281 to Harlingen/Brownsville) are planned to be integrated into the I-69 system and upgraded. My guess is that US 59 will serve as the main trunk and the other roadways as branches.

Personally, I'd reserve the I-69 moniker for the US 59 corridor, and use an extension of I-37 for the US 77 upgrade. An I-x69 could be suitable for the upgrade of US 281.

And....if I had to choose which corridor to South Texas out of 77 and 281 I'd upgrade first, I'd prefer 77.


Anthony

bogdown:
id give 77 the nod, after they upgrade 59, of course

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