Commission Approves New Interstate 14 Designation

Mon March 06, 2017 - West Edition #5

In an effort to enhance mobility and support interstate trade, the Texas Transportation Commission, approved the designation of a 25-mi. segment of the state highway system as Interstate14.

This is the first segment of I-14 to be designated in Texas. It will run jointly with U.S. 190 from the intersection of U.S. 190 and Business U.S. 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 U.S. 190 corridor, as well as provide a critical artery for commerce, that ultimately would stretch from west Texas to the Texas-Louisiana border,” said Marc Williams, TxDOT deputy executive director.

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.”