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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: Corpus Christi Finally Updating Their Markers?

Posted 01-13-2022 at 06:00 PM by case44
Updated 04-08-2022 at 12:35 PM by case44


As a road fanatic, I often take a good look at the little details to certain things. This writer is a stickler for road signs. And the details of those signs do need to be accurate if they're going to be effective.

I bring this up because the first-ever segment of Interstate 69 opening in the state of Texas occurred on six miles of U.S. Highway 77 on Corpus Christi's western fringes. That was back in 2011. Not too long later, AASHTO and the FHWA had decided on the branches relative to the highway as it would be structured in South Texas. Well, that aforementioned stretch in Corpus would now be known as I-69E (the E standing for East). Slight problem, however. Upon the decision to name the branches way back in 2013, Texas Department of Transportation officials in the Corpus Christi district did not make an immediate effort to update their ground-level assurance signage on the freeways, feeder roads, and side-street approaches. Except for four overhead control signs, Corpus Christi TXDOT did not update from I-69 to I-69E.

Okay, guys, that fifteen minutes of history is over now. Time to make the changes.

There is a sign , however, that things will be changing. At this point, they won't have a choice. More and more miles of I-69E have officially opened south of Robstown as U.S. 77 continues to be transformed, and, thus, have been designated as interstate. A connection bypassing Driscoll will soon latch on with a long segment from north of Bishop all the way through Kingsville. That will be the next part to be designated as I-69E. Well, here's the thing: Signs which actually read I-69E are actually appearing south of Robstown along the new segment. Corpus Christi TXDOT has seen the light! You can spot those recent changes on Google Street View. It's great to see. Anytime we ever see those shiny, new blue shields, an exciting new interstate is forming before our eyes.

And with that said, it's only a matter of time when Corpus officials will have no choice but to make sure that all of the old signage will reflect the current I-69E configuration. Come on now, it's not that many signs, Corpus. You can do this.

This writer offers another prediction, should I have not already done it. I believe that I-69E will be the first branch in South Texas to be fully completed with the new roadway. Two segments north of Raymondville have seen substantial completion, and work is beginning south of Kingsville down to near Riviera. This highway is further along than its cousin to the west, U.S. 281, which is being transformed into I-69C. That road has further to go, and with a third branch, I-69W, needing to see an additional 179 miles of new road to be built, there's plenty of reason to believe that 69E will be the first of those roads to be finished. This will likely be around the early-2030s when that happens.

History's great, but progress is better here.
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  1. Old Comment
    I wouldn't mind getting back down to South Padre. It's been years but I'd like to go again sometime.

    Maybe when I head that way which you spoke of, I can snap a few pictures.
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    Posted 02-20-2022 at 12:23 PM by malfunction malfunction is offline
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    Google Maps Street View now has updates of the new I-69E signage in Corpus Christi and Robstown. They've been changed just in the last few months to replace the original I-69 signage (historic, but outdated), but such is better than no change at all. Best of all, they look great! In just eight days from this writing, your blogger will be down there and taking in the sights from the area.
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    Posted 05-08-2022 at 05:13 PM by case44 case44 is online now
 

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