Negotiations for the I-69 project are moving forward. Once it's complete, traveling on East Texas highways won't be the same.
The Alliance for I-69 held its annual meeting last week in Houston. Governor Perry announced he'd combine private and public funds to pay for the interstate.
Lufkin mayor Louis Bronaugh was pleased with the group's goals and plans for the project.
"It would affect the transportation within the State of Texas and the nation," said Bronaugh. "In East Texas, it is one of the largest things that could occur to us."
I-69 is the combination of two federally designated High Priority Corridors. Together, they form the shortest route between the industrial northeast and the South Texas border with Mexico.