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Interstate 169 (Texas)
« on: December 07, 2017, 09:04:06 AM »

Did a search, only found one thread asking if I-169 was signed.

What’s the status of I-169? Does it still only exist from I-69E to Old Alice Road, or does it finally extend to TX 48?
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Re: Interstate 169 (Texas)
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 11:38:13 AM »

Yes, it currently still ends at Old Alice Road (according to every source I've found), and a full opening date is still unknown. Toll revenue is keeping the project back.
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Re: Interstate 169 (Texas)
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017, 03:14:36 PM »

It's been designated for the length of the continuous freeway, and will presumably be extended as the continuous freeway is lengthened.
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Re: Interstate 169 (Texas)
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 06:19:03 PM »

Other than 169 and 369, are there any other x-69 three-digit Interstate routes proposed for Texas?
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Re: Interstate 169 (Texas)
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 06:28:04 PM »

As of a month ago when I was in the area, I-169 didn't get any mention from mainline I-69E in either direction.
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Re: Interstate 169 (Texas)
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2017, 12:31:46 PM »

Other than 169 and 369, are there any other x-69 three-digit Interstate routes proposed for Texas?
Nope.
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Re: Interstate 169 (Texas)
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2017, 04:07:41 PM »

Other than 169 and 369, are there any other x-69 three-digit Interstate routes proposed for Texas?
Nope.

Several years ago when the path of I-69 through Houston metro hadn't been finalized, it was thought that the number I-669 would be applied to whatever alignment (at that time the choices were Loop 99 and the existing US 59 through-town route) was not selected (at least according for the Alliance for I-69 Texas, the Houston-based group spearheading the I-69 effort down there); but since US 59 was eventually selected, any impetus for an Interstate-signed bypass seems to have dissipated.  However, if the downtown realignment effort involving both I-69 and I-45 is indeed implemented -- with the inevitable congestion stemming from its construction -- there might be a reactive "push" to sign a bypass route (I would hardly think that anyone would think of adding any more load to I-610 as an interim solution!) as a through-traffic alternative; this might revive the "I-669" concept for at least the west and north quadrants of that loop system.   
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Re: Interstate 169 (Texas)
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2017, 07:12:36 PM »

There is a one large I-69 bypass corridor being planned for Houston, which does incorporate the South and East quadrants of the Grand Parkway. If this bypass is ever built (presumably sometime near or after the Grand Parkway is completed) there is not much guarantee the bypass would be signed as a 3-digit Interstate route. With states now having to come up with more of the funding for highways that makes it less of a priority to put Interstate shields on the finished route. The same goes with toll roads. Chances are strong this large bypass would be signed as a Texas toll route. The Grand Parkway and Loop 8 both aren't going to carry Interstate designations any time soon. This one probably won't either.

Regarding other I-x69 possibilities, I thought TX-44 from Corpus Chrisi to Robstown, Alice & Freer might have been a 3 digit I-69 route. But that could end up being I-6 as well. Some of the freeways in Corpus Chrisi could carry Interstate designations. I could see the "I-6" thing being signed on TX-358 through Corpus Christi onto the North end of Padre Island. The loop highway around Victoria could end up being an I-x69 route. Same goes for Nacogdoches and Carthage.
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Re: Interstate 169 (Texas)
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2017, 08:28:52 PM »

When the Loop 20 project is completed (current estimate about eight years (p. 6/18 of pdf)), there may be some rumblings to make Loop 20 from Saunders Street to SH 359 an I-x69. The rumblings will be even louder if construction is started on the fifth international bridge, which Laredo officials showcased the site as recently as August:

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Two members of the association's board of directors visited Nuevo Laredo on Monday and Laredo on Tuesday, Saenz said. At the World Trade Centers Association board meeting in September, the two men will present Laredo and Nuevo Laredo as one region. One city would have a main office and the other city would have a satellite office, Saenz said.
In Laredo, the city took the two board members on a helicopter ride around town, touring from above the bridges, industrial parks, warehousing, and the site in south Laredo where a potential fifth international bridge could go, Saenz said.

The bridge would presumably tie in to the southern end of the Cuatro Vientos Road section of Loop 20 and perhaps jumpstart the long-term plans for an upgrade to Cuatro Vientos Road..

Looooong term, this could all be eventually I-2.
« Last Edit: December 10, 2017, 08:31:42 PM by Grzrd »
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