The I-69 Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties Study evaluated a recommended option for upgrading US 59 to interstate standards, with the goal of designating and signing US 59 as I-69.
The citizen-led I-69 Angelina and
Nacogdoches Counties Committee was formed in December 2012 and reviewed the US 59 "Upgrade" and "New Location" options. The recommendations of the committee, along with citizen input, will guide TxDOT on future I-69 project development.
The study includes two broad options for consideration:
- Upgrade the existing US 59 roadway and expand it to meet present and future needs.
- Build relief routes around Nacogdoches and Lufkin and Diboll.
The final recommendation may be one option or the other or a combination of the two.
Nacogdoches County — Current Status
Nacogdoches County Committee members recommended an option that involves
upgrading the existing US 59 as far north as possible before moving onto a
new location alignment west of Nacogdoches. A second option calls for
upgrading the existing US 59 to interstate standards, which upholds the
commitment of the Texas Transportation Commission to stay on existing
alignment to the greatest extent possible. These options were presented at a
- US 59 New Location Option Using the recommendation of the committee, TxDOT is examining a new location alignment beginning near Woodland Hills Drive traveling west around Nacogdoches, passing just east of the A.L. Mangham Regional Airport and connecting back to the existing US 59 south of US 259. The new location alignment would be a four-lane
access controlled highway with no frontage roads.
- US 59 Upgrade Option
would involve upgrading the existing US 59 alignment to
interstate standards through Nacogdoches to US 259. This section
would be an access controlled highway widened to accommodate
four travel lanes and frontage roads.
— Current Status
Complete the Diboll Relief Route — The number one priority of Angelina County committee members is advancing the development of the Diboll Relief Route. TxDOT completed the environmental process and had approved schematic design plans in 1999 for this project, but because of the elapsed time an environmental re-evaluation will be required. TxDOT is proceeding with preparing a re-evaluation of the
environmental assessment (environmental document) and with right-of-way map updates.
It should be noted that design and construction funding has not been
identified for any of the projects above. Additionally, TxDOT continues to have
funding shortfalls in excess of $4 billion per year which makes the financing
and delivery of roadway projects challenging. TxDOT will work to develop a long-term strategy to identify funding for advancing projects in Angelina and
Nacogdoches counties. This may include federal, state and local resources as
well as innovative financing tools such as tolls, establishment of a
transportation reinvestment zone (TRZ), local participation in right-of-way
costs and donations from local land owners. Despite the funding shortfalls,
TxDOT remains committed and understands the importance of advancing I-69
throughout Texas, including Angelina and Nacogdoches counties.
I-69 in Texas Is Needed
Federal legislation has authorized the development of the I-69 system in
Texas along specified U.S. routes, including US 59. The development of I-69
in Texas would relieve traffic congestion caused by a growing population,
provide safer travel through the state, improve evacuation routes and
support economic development. Existing US 59 does not have the capacity to
serve projected traffic volumes and does not meet interstate standards
through Angelina and Nacogdoches counties.
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