Interstate 69W

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Interstate 69W

Open segment of I-69W highlighted in red; proposed segments highlighted in pink
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-69
Maintained by TxDOT
Length1.436 mi[2] (2.311 km)
ExistedJune 26, 2014 (2014-06-26)[1]–present
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South endWorld Trade Bridge Port of Entry in Laredo
North end I-35 / US 59 / US 83 / Loop 20 in Laredo
CountryUnited States
Highway system
I-69E US 69

Interstate 69W (I-69W[a]) is a relatively short north–south Interstate Highway running through South Texas in the United States. The freeway begins northeast of the middle of World Trade International Bridge in Laredo and ends at I-35. In the future, I-69W will head northeast for 180 miles (290 km) before terminating near Victoria as both I-69E and I-69W merge to form I-69. For its entire length, I-69W runs concurrently with U.S. Highway 59 (US 59).

Route description

The stack interchange between I-35 (along with US 83) and US 59 and Loop 20 (Future I-69W corridor) in 2008

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the designation of a 1.4-mile (2.3 km) section of freeway in Laredo as part of I-69W. The congressionally designated I-69W corridor begins at the Mexico–U.S. border on the World Trade International Bridge, which connects to Federal Highway 85D (Fed. 85D), at the border in Laredo. It is cosigned with both US 59 and Loop 20 (Bob Bullock Loop) and extends 1.4 miles (2.3 km) to I-35 (which connects to Fed. 85 south of the border).[1]


The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 included two High Priority Corridors that would later become parts of a proposed cross-country extension of I-69:

The National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 made further amendments to the description of Corridor 18, specifying that it would serve Mississippi and Arkansas, extending it south to the Mexico–U.S. border in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and adding a short connection at Brownsville. This act also specified that corridors 18 and 20 were "future parts of the Interstate System", to become actual Interstates when built to Interstate standards and connected to other Interstates.[5]

The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), enacted in 1998, greatly expanded the extension to the Lower Rio Grande Valley was detailed as splitting into two routes just south of Victoria, one following US 77 and the other following US 59 and US 281 to the Rio Grande. This act also assigned the I-69 designation to corridors 18 and 20, with the branches on US 77, US 281, and US 59 to the Rio Grande being "Interstate 69 East", "Interstate 69 Central", and "Interstate 69 West", respectively.[6] With TEA-21, the I-69 extension took shape and remains today as those segments.[7]


In the future, I-69W will continue along US 59 east to George West, where it will intersect I-69C. It will then intersect I-37 east of George West and continue east to Victoria, where it will meet with I-69E and continue toward Houston as I-69. The completed I-69W will measure 180 miles (290 km). There are also plans to turn State Highway 44 (SH 44) into an Interstate Highway between Freer, where it will intersect I-69W, and Corpus Christi for about 73 miles (117 km) in order to have a network of Interstate Highways connecting Laredo, the largest inland port on the Mexico–U.S. border, with Corpus Christi, a major seaport and manufacturing center.[8] Construction to extend I-69W to Laredo International Airport began in late 2023 and will be completed by early 2030. Projects to extend the Interstate to the DuvalMcMullen county line are currently in the planning stage but not completely funded. Interstate standard construction plans north of the county line along US 59 have mostly not been released, and the ones that have are not Interstate standard upgrades.[9][10]

Exit list

WebbLaredo0.0000.000International Bridge IV – MexicoLaredo World Trade Port of Entry; western (southern) end of US 59 overlap / western (northern) end of Loop 20 overlap; road continues into Mexico as Camino al Puente Internacional Comercio Mundial
Back to USASouthbound exit only
1 FM 1472 (Mines Road)
2 I-35 (US 83) – Laredo, San AntonioSigned as exits 2A (north) and 2B (south) northbound; exit 8A on I-35

US 59 east (Loop 20 east)
Eastern end of US 59/Loop 20 overlap; US 59/Loop 20 continues east as Bob Bullock Loop; current eastern terminus of I-69W
3.76.03 McPherson Road[11]Interchange; westbound exit via the International Boulevard exit; access to Doctors Hospital of Laredo
4.77.64International Boulevard[11]Interchange
6.210.0Shiloh Drive[11]Future interchange
7.311.7Del Mar Boulevard[11]Future interchange
8.113.0University Boulevard – Texas A&M International University[11]Future interchange
9.315.0Jacaman Road[11]Future interchange
10.516.9 Laredo International Airport[11]Future interchange

Loop 20 south (Bob Bullock Loop) / US 59 north (Lloyd Bentsen Highway) / Saunders Street west[11]
Interchange; eastern end of Loop 20 overlap, I-69W will continue north along US 59 north to Victoria, access to Laredo Medical Center
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Some sources use "IH-69W", as "IH" is an abbreviation used by TxDOT for Interstate Highways.[3]


  1. ^ a b Koch, James W. & Weber, Joe (June 26, 2014). "Minute Order" (PDF). Texas Transportation Commission. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 10, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Texas Department of Transportation (2018). "Statewide Planning Map LRS Readout (ArcGIS)". Archived from the original on September 7, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Highway Designations Glossary". Texas Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on July 10, 2022. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "H.R.2950". Thomas. Library of Congress. Archived from the original on December 15, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  5. ^ "S.440". Thomas. Library of Congress. February 16, 1995. Archived from the original on September 4, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  6. ^ "H.R. 2400". Thomas. Library of Congress. Archived from the original on December 16, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  7. ^ Staff. "NHS High Priority Corridors Description". Federal Highway Administration. Archived from the original on February 7, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "Push on to Add SH 44 to I-69 Priority Corridor System" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. April 30, 2014. Archived from the original on August 11, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  9. ^ "I-69 System Status Tabloids" (PDF). TXDOT. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 14, 2023. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  10. ^ "TxDOT's Refugio Relief Route receives $463.7 million from state". 17 August 2023. Archived from the original on November 14, 2023. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "US 59 Loop". Archived from the original on September 25, 2023. Retrieved 2023-09-11.

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