College Station Joins Coalition to Try for Interstate Access

College Station leaders have given the thumbs up to a proposed plan that would eventually bring an interstate through Central Texas.

Thursday night, the city council approved $10,000 to join the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition, which is pushing for the creation of I-14. The interstate would begin in El Paso, run through the Temple-Killeen area and east through Bryan-College Station and Huntsville.

But it doesn't stop there, as I-14 would go through four other southern states, ending in Augusta, Georgia.

Both Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn have pushed legislation to make I-14 a federal priority.

A major role for the proposed roadway would be connecting a number of military bases in the southern states, including Texas's Fort Hood and Fort Bliss.

College Station's leaders had been major supporters of adjusting the old Trans Texas Corridor plan to move the proposed interstate towards the Twin Cities, which has one of the largest populations in the country without interstate access. The TTC proposal that had been put before citizens was eventually dropped by the Texas Department of Transportation.

For more on the proposal and the coalition, click on the link below. It will take you to the city council agenda for the March 12 meeting. See page 61 for more details.

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