A journey from Michigan to Texas

You may think the country's interstate system is complete. Finally, work began in the 1950s under President Eisenhower and today you can drive from coast to coast. However, the system is constantly being expanded.

One of the highways that – no exaggeration – is growing every day is Interstate 69. The highway has long been completed in Michigan and has the goal of extending to Texas. There are tracks that compete and some tracks only exist on paper.

Interstate 69 was once a modest two-state highway from Port Huron, Michigan, to Indianapolis via Lansing and Fort Wayne.

Indiana has been working on expanding the highway between Indy and the southern border near Evansville. The southernmost portion of the highway is completed, but there was a break in the highway south of Indy. A local government trade publication recently reported that Indiana will complete the highway in 2024.

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However, that doesn't mean a driver from Michigan can take the highway and now reach the Mexican border. Many other states are far behind Michigan in completing I-69.

At the Indiana state border, I-69 begins to fall apart. Kentucky has completed much of the highway, but has not yet completed the highway around Henderson that meets I-69 in Indiana.

In Tennessee and Minnesota, there are small sections (about 25 miles in each state) of I-69 that are complete.

There are expected to be sections of I-69 in Arkansas and Louisiana – and neither state has built sections of the interstate.

Texas is the last state of Interstate 69 and the highway is very scattered throughout the state and the Interstate splits into three different branches. Once completed, I-69 will enter Mexico at Laredo and two additional points in the Rio Grande Valley at Pharr and Brownsville.

When completed, Michigan will have two fully cross-border highways, with I-69 joining I-75 from Sault Ste. Marie extends to South Florida near Miami.

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