Highway will enhance mobility of public, commerce, military
In an effort to enhance mobility and support interstate trade, the Texas Transportation Commission, at its January meeting, approved the designation of a 25-mile segment of the state highway system as Interstate 14.
This is the first segment of I-14 to be designated in Texas. It will run jointly
with US 190 from the intersection of US 190 and Business US 190 E in Copperas Cove to Interstate 35 in Belton.
The commission’s action provides the first interstate link for Fort Hood and area communities connecting to I-35.
“As envisioned, the proposed I-14 corridor would improve access and connections to military installations along the US 190 corridor, as well as provide a critical artery for commerce, that ultimately would stretch from west Texas to the Texas-Louisiana border,” said TxDOT Deputy Executive Director Marc Williams.
With thousands of newcomers arriving in Texas each day, I-14 also will help accommodate and increase mobility of the state’s growing population.
“I applaud the Texas Department of Transportation in taking the first step in making Interstate 14 a reality through Texas,” said U.S. Rep. John R. Carter. “I have fought long and hard to ensure we have the best transportation system throughout central Texas to provide the foundation for continued economic growth and development that creates jobs. An interstate highway that connects our military at Fort Hood with the broader interstate system will better facilitate the logistical needs of the largest armored base in America. This is a day to celebrate the beginning of a bright future in meeting our transportation needs.”