Lawmakers from three states have co-sponsored a bill to expand the Interstate 14 corridor, which has long been envisioned to pass through Bryan-College Station.
According to the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition, the group advocating for the interstate — eight Republican congressmen from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi — introduced a bill Monday to extend the corridor eastward into Louisiana and Mississippi. The first 25 miles of the interstate, from Killeen to Fort Hood, were designated in 2017.
The congressionally designated corridor, created in 2015, begins in West Texas and generally follows U.S. 190 before ending at Texas 63 at the Sabine River. I-14 is planned to pass through Killeen, Belton, Bryan-College Station, Huntsville, Livingston, Woodville and Jasper.
According to a news release from the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition, the “I-14 Expansion and Improvement Act of 2018” would extend the corridor eastward in Louisiana following highways Louisiana 8, Louisiana 28 and U.S. 84. After crossing the Mississippi River, it would follow U.S. 84 eastward before terminating at Interstate 59.
The bill is sponsored by U.S. Reps. Brian Babin of Woodville; Mike Conaway of Midland; John Carter of Round Rock; Roger Williams of Austin; and Kevin Brady of The Woodlands. Louisiana Reps. Mike Johnson and Ralph Abraham and Mississippi Rep. Gregg Harper also are sponsoring the bill, and the news release notes that other sponsors are expected to join later this week.
I-14 also is proposed to be expanded west in Texas to serve San Angelo, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Midland-Odessa and the Permian Basin, according to the release. Spur routes could be added southward to Corpus Christi and Beaumont.
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