DALLAS - Congress' passage of the $101.3 billion highway bill will advance Texas' development of the Interstate 69 project to route cargo and passenger traffic from the Rio Grande border with Mexico northward to major Texas seaports and beyond, officials said.

The bill encourages development along the state's major unfinished corridors, such as I-69, by allowing for segments to be designated as interstate when they meet federal, access-controlled standards, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

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