Proposed Interstate 14

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Bryan's city council is considering spending thousands of dollars to become part of a group lobbying to bring an interstate to the Brazos Valley. The proposed Interstate 14 project would pass through six different states.

Gary Bushell with the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition hopes to bring Bryan on board to help gain political support for Interstate 14.

It would run east- west near Old San Antonio Road about 3 miles north of Bryan, then continue west to Kileen and eventually intersect with I-10 east of El Paso.

" What we're proposing is a new east-west interstate highway and rail corridor that would relieve some of the traffic on 1-10 to the south and I-20 to the north," said Bushell.

The coalition also wants to connect several military bases, including Fort Hood, and port cities and say the route would improve the transport of combat equipment.

Mayor Wentrcek says having Interstate 14 near Old San Antonio Road would mean an economic boost for Bryan.

" Having an interstate coming through the Bryan- College Station area would be a tremendous asset as far as recruiting new businesses and industries," said Mayor Wentrcek.

But the city would have to pay $10,000 in order to become part of the coalition which is lobbying Congress for the interstate.

" Then we get input from this area as to where the highway ought to go. They're part of the planning, they're part of the discussion that goes on and they're part of building the support that we heard both in Washington and Austin,' said Bushell.

Mayor Wentrcek says it's a small price to pay for industry growth in the Brazos Valley and hopes to the council will be prepared to take a vote on joining the coalition at its June 13Th meeting.