The Houston Chronicle reports the first east Texas piece of the trade corridor that will some day run  from Mexico to Canada has been officially designated north of Houston.


TXDoT says sometime soon, motorists will see new highway signs naming a 35-mile stretch of existing U.S. 59 from the Houston 610 Loop north all the way to Cleveland as part of the new Interstate 69.

The I-69 corridor is the so-called NAFTA Superhighway that will some day connect the Texas-Mexico border to America's heartland.

This is only the second segment of Interstate 69 to be designated so far in Texas.  The other piece is a 6-mile portion of U.S. 77 south of Corpus Christi.

No one cay say when I-69 will be completed, if ever.