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AUSTIN — TxDOT officials recently announced key funding details to advance I-69 in Texas.

In South Texas, $40 million in funding will go toward construction of a relief route in Premont on U.S. 281. On U.S. 77, $60 million is dedicated to the design-build project from Driscoll to Kingsville. In Laredo, $9 million will be used to construct an overpass on Loop 20. The citizen planners of the I-69 segment committees recommended these improvements. The funding is part of the 2012 Unified Transportation Program, which the Texas Transportation recently revised to include an additional $2 billion for highway projects across the state.

The I-69 Texas route is planned to run from the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo to Texarkana and occupy the footprint of existing highways, including U.S. 59, 77 and 281 and SH 44. In addition to a stretch of U.S. 77 in South Texas designated as I-69 in 2011, about 80 miles of U.S. 59 in Houston and five miles in the Texarkana area are being reviewed to determine if the sections meet interstate specifications.

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