Texas highway panel names 35 miles of road as I-69

HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Transportation Commission with little fanfare has given the green light to designating a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 59 from Houston northeast into Liberty County as Interstate 69.

It becomes the longest stretch of the long-debated I-69 in the state and joins a six-mile portion near Corpus Christi as the only pieces of the newest interstate in Texas.

Backers of the project for decades now have longed for a highway that traverses the state from the northeast, through the Houston area and then to South Texas.

The commission action came last week at a meeting in Corpus Christi.

Officials say new road signs soon will go up marking the newly designated piece of road as U.S. 59 and I-69.

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