Plans moving forward to bring Interstate 14 to Brazos Valley

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - On Wednesday the Bryan-College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization and Brazos Valley Council of Governments teamed up for a resolution supporting the new Interstate 14.

The long term project calls to eventually connect El Paso to Augusta, Georgia.

Part of the interstate will come through Bryan-College Station along existing US-190.

As Texas grows so do the needs for managing more traffic and ways to get around the state.

"Interstate 14’s time has come," said Brazos Valley Council of Governments Deputy Director, Michael Parks.

"With the recent hurricanes we had floods down in Houston and along Interstate 10," said Parks. "I-10 is impassable, so the biggest way to get east - west across the country is Interstate 20, and that's hundreds of miles north of the coast. So having an Interstate 14 makes sense."

But building I-14 will take time. The first segment open is 25 miles long from Copperas Cove to I-35 along U.S. 190.

"It's going to be done in small sections. So as money becomes available and roadways are programmed for improvement we look for US-190 to be built to interstate standards," explained Parks.

"US-190 through our region comes from Hearne down to Bryan-College Station and then over to Huntsville," he said.

Tim Lomax, with the Texas A&M Transportation Insitute, says the latest support will help pave the way for more feedback from the public and planning.

"I think we're going to see more emphasis on this Interstate 14 corridor," said Lomax, PhD.

Bryan-College Station is one of the largest regions in the country not to have an interstate; the new highway should be a draw for new business and development.

"One of the things that we here in BCS suffer from is not having an interstate connection. The idea being that if suppliers or companies are looking for a place to locate -- they typically have 'access to an interstate' as one of their priority items," he said.

Right now there is not a timeline on when I-14 could come through our area. The interstate will also provide connections for military installations across the country.