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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

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I-69 Update: Official Thinks Earlier Completion Of 69E Could Be Possible

Posted 05-12-2024 at 07:40 AM by case44


The Interstate 69 network of roads in the state of Texas is taking quite a while. There is, however, one guy in South Texas who believes that one part of the three branches in that sector of the state could possibly see completion sooner than what's been projected.

The segment in question is I-69E from the I-37 interchange at Calallen all the way down to its southern terminus near the Mexico border. Pete Sepulveda, a former Cameron County judge, has been actively working with his region's RMA in getting road projects pushed, and I-69E is chief among them. The real goal now is get construction done quicker through the King Ranch corridor, and in one Rio Grande Valley article I've read, Sepulveda believes that, if the needed funding becomes available for all the projects planned for U.S. Highway 77, this new interstate conversion could be done in far less time.

Like about three years.

Now, that's pushing it a little. I originally had said on this site that I-69E through the King Ranch areas could be done by 2032. That, at this point, is still a reasonable goal with available money. Kingsville to Riviera will have a couple of segments worked, one of which is underway now. And then you have the bypass around Riviera, and that let date is next year. Two other projects reportedly are currently taking place in Kenedy County, and those will add 16 additional miles. It should also be noted that the Driscoll bypass near Corpus Christi is also completed. Not far behind is a small segment connecting to Bishop, and that should be almost done. So, in all, more miles are about to be added.

Keep in mind the layman portion of this chickenscratch, and that's this: This highway is the road people use to travel to South Padre Island from points north. The RGV's number one tourist destination is reached by using U.S. 77/Interstate 69E, and this is super-critical for a number of reasons, not the least which is moving goods and freight.

Pete Sepulveda is trying to keep the optimism high on a faster completion of I-69E from Corpus to Brownsville. We shall see in the coming days. What I can't wait for now is 69E's other segment, and that's northward from I-37 to Victoria, where an important meeting of I-69E and I-69W come together and form the first few miles of mainline I-69. Excitement will be building.
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