I-69 Meeting Held in Lufkin

The Alliance for I-69 Texas met in East Texas Friday. The board of directors hosted its monthly meeting in Lufkin. Progress on the project is moving along.

In a few years, the interstate will become an international trade corridor directly connecting Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The first phase of the project will begin at the end of the year.

Anne Culver, executive director for Alliance for I-69 Texas, said, "You'll start to greatly see exactly the shape of the Trans Texas Corridor I-69 and then there will be another set of environmental studies done about a year after that. At that point, construction will begin where construction is necessary for the corridor to come to interstate standards."

Since the alliance was organized, Congress has designated Interstate 69 as a high priority corridor and has dedicated more than $50 million to the development of I-69 in Texas.