Here's one idea for designating these 3 branches:
1. The main stretch of I-69 should take the central stretch into McAllen.
2. The western Stretch into Laredo should be I-169.
3. The Eastern stretch (US-77) should be I-269 till it gets to I-37, then that
stretch becomes an extension of I-37into Brownsville, and the remaining stretch
into Corpus Christi could be redesignated as an I-x37.
1. Same as above
2. Eastern and Western stretches into Laredo and Brownsvile signed as I-169 &
I am skeptical about "I-69C" getting built any time in the near future. It
involves upgrading US-281 down to McAllen. The current road is a four lane
divided highway with at grade intersections. And that facility is likely
good enough for at least the next 10 to 20 years. I think the only thing
that really needs to be done along that stretch of US-281 is perhaps
securing extra right of way for future expansion and upgrading. Limited
access Interstate-standard bypasses can be made for towns like Alice,
Falfurrias and Encino.
As to what "I-69C" should be called, it can be named a 3di I-x69 route.
Another slim possibility would be if US-281 between San Antonio and Wichita
Falls were upgraded to Interstate status (an I-33 idea). If such a road
were built, that numerical ID could easily go all the way down to McAllen.
The I-69E route that is currently in the process of upgrading the US-77 four
lane to full Interstate status should be I-37. Yep. Turn the current
terminus of I-37 going into Corpus Christi a neat sounding 3di route (like
"I-737"). But have the actual 2di main route of I-37 go all the way down to
I-69 itself is set to terminate near Laredo, merging into I-35.
There is also the added possibility of I-27 being extended down along the
Rio Grande River through Laredo and down into the
McAllen/Harlingen/Brownsville area. At least that is one of the ideas shown
in the Trans Texas Corridor plan.
Seems like a whole lot of highway planned for the far South end of Texas.
But that area is rapidly growing in population. Once Austin hits the 1
million level for residents living inside city limits, my pick is
Brownsville as what will be the fifth city in Texas to go into the
Brownsville? Granted South Texas is exploding with growth. However
with a current population of only 140,000, Brownsville has a very long
way to go hit the one million mark. El Paso on the other hand has
nearly 600,000 and Fort Worth is at 535,000. Both are growing rapidly
-- especially El Paso.
El Paso sounds like a likely 'next million' city to me, too. In far
south Texas, I can actually see McAllen overtaking Brownsville, although
it will be a few censi before either approaches 1M population, even with
Texas' generous annexation laws.
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