KILLEEN (December 8, 2015) The five-year federal transportation bill that was signed into law on Friday designates a Central Texas highway corridor as a future interstate.
The corridor, which will be designated as Interstate 14, begins in West Texas and generally follows U.S. Highway 190 through Killeen and Belton and on to Bryan-College Station, Huntsville, Livingston and Woodville before terminating on State Highway 63 at the Sabine River.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, sponsored amendment designating the corridor in the U.S. Senate and it was authorized and presented in the U.S. House by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Woodville with support from U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.
"By creating a more efficient interstate highway system in the heart of Texas, Interstate 14 will allow the state to attract more economic development and jobs," said John Thompson, chairman of the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition.
The coalition has worked for more than a decade in support of highway improvements in Texas that would improve access between major Army installations including Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Polk and the strategic ports that support the posts in Corpus Christi and Beaumont.
U.S. 190 from Interstate 35 to Copperas Cove already meets interstate highway standards and will be renamed I-14 and added to the national interstate highway system after a technical review and approval by the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials, a process that could be completed within a year.