As part of the Texas Trunk System and the National Highway System, US 69 services intrastate and interstate traffic moving people and goods. The highway is also a designated hurricane evacuation route, which provides safe passage for the Gulf Coast region during an evacuation event.
The concept for a US 69 Relief Route dates back to the late 1970s. Over the years, a number of studies were done to determine its need and potential configuration. The most recent Feasibility Study determined a new-location facility on the city’s west side best meets the project’s purpose and need. The study’s traffic analysis indicated a relief route would reduce congestion, increase safety, provide for greater freight mobility and enhance the roadway network during hurricane evacuation events.