WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, and Cameron County Judge Pete Sepulveda today announced that State Highway 550, from I-69E to Old Alice Road, has been approved  as I—169 by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This interstate artery creates a direct passage to the Port of Brownsville.

“This designation will allow for continued investment of federal dollars to grow and expand the economy along transportation corridors like I-169 in Cameron County and South Texas,” U.S. Rep. Vela said. “Working with Cameron County Judge Sepulveda, the Cameron County Commissioners Court, the Texas Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation, we secured swift approval of I-169. I’ll continue to work with the Alliance for I-69 Texas to ensure more highways in South Texas gain interstate approval.”

The segment is part of High Priority Corridor #18 that Section 1105(e)(5) of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, as amended, designated as a future part of the Interstate System, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Today is a historic day for Cameron County as one more segment (I-169) has been added to the Interstate System,” Cameron County Judge Sepulveda said. “This addition is absolutely critical as it will eventually lead to the Port of Brownsville once it is entirely complete. I am thankful to Federal Highway Administration and to the Texas Department of Transportation for their support and for expediting this request.”