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Federal Designations

The U.S. Congress has designated three highway segments in the Rio South Texas Region as equal parts of the I-69 Priority Corridor. The Alliance supports the upgrade of all three routes so they can become part of the Interstate Highway System. In establishing a long list of national High Priority Corridors, federal law designates the US 77 route from Brownsville to Victoria, the US 281 route north from McAllen and the US 59 route from Texarkana to Victoria to Laredo as “I-69.” Additionally, US 83 in the Lower Rio Grande Valley is at interstate standard and may be designated as an I-69 spur.

In the Rio South Texas Region the US 77 freeway is completed to interstate highway standard for 40 miles starting near the Rio Grande in Brownsville to ending near Raymondville. This section can now be added to the Interstate System and signed because of a 2012 change in federal law. A Federal Highway Administration review of this designation is now underway.

Construction projects are underway or soon will be near Falfurrias, Lyford, Kingsville, Alice, Robstown and Sinton in South Texas.

Source: Texas Department of Transportation & Alliance for I-69 Texas

Americas Third Coast: connecting Rio South Texas to the World
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Interstate 69 / Trans-Texas Corridor

The World Trade Crossing in Laredo is the most important truck crossing on the U.S. – Mexican border. 69 Texas border crossings handle approximately 70 percent of all surface trade between the U.S. and Mexico; 85 percent of this trade is moved by truck with the World Trade Crossing in Laredo handling over 60 percent of that truck traffic. The bridge receives a consistently high volume of truck traffic throughout the day. Annually, about 1.3 million trucks travel southbound through this border crossing, while about 1.1 million trucks travel northbound.70 Up to 90 percent of the truck traffic at the World Trade Crossing consists of short distance shipments between warehouses in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Typically, a long distance truck in either Mexico or the U.S. unloads its cargo at a warehouse where it is transferred to a short haul truck for the trip across the border.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, “World Trade Bridge Crossing Summary.”

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