Today, the House of Representatives voted on a two year agreement to fund our transportation systems. Included in the H.R. 4348 Conference Report, is language, proposed by Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27), allowing highways that meet interstate standards and approved by the Secretary of Transportation, to be signed as an interstate. Many South Texas communities along US 59, 77 and 281 will soon have access to an interstate.
In December of last year, the first section of 1-69 in Texas, between I-37 and Robstown, was added to the Interstate Highway System. Rep. Farenthold had the following comments on the language included in the Conference Report and opportunity for growth in South Texas:
"The development of I-69 in South Texas will continue to spur economic growth and connectivity within our state. The inclusion of I-69 language would not have been possible without the work of The Alliance for I-69, TxDOT and my colleague, Senator Hutchinson, who helped ensure the necessary language was included in the final Conference Report. Transportation is crucial to our state, especially in light of the soon to be finished expansion of the Panama Canal. I look forward to the completion of I-69 to the Rio Grande Valley, the largest metropolitan area not served by an interstate."
The language referenced in this release is on page 23 - (b) Inclusion of Certain Route Segments on Interstate system(1)(B) [in the second sentence, by striking ""that the segment' and all that follows through the period and inserting ""that the segment meets the Interstate System design standards approved by the Secretary under section 109(b) of title 23, United States Code, and is planned to connect to an existing Interstate System segment ]