Texas Congressmen reintroduce I-14 legislation, targets Central Texas corridor
The I-14 Expansion and Improvement Act of 2019 was reintroduced to Congress Wednesday, targeting the Central Texas corridor as the spot to expand the highway, a press release from Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) said.
The bill, also known as the "Forts to Ports" bill, would extend I-14 to more areas in Texas and along the Gulf Coast, connecting key military installations to strategic seaports. This would enhance the ports' readiness, as well as America's national security, the release said.
The bill wouldn't remove any already established routes.
The bill authorizes most of the new interstate route using the general pattern of existing roads and highways, while leaving the final decision about exact interstate path up to state and local officials who know the communities best, the release said.
Joining Babin as original cosponsors of the bill are Reps. Mike Conaway (TX-11), Randy Weber (TX-14), John Carter (TX-31), Roger Williams (TX-25), Kevin Brady (TX-8), Bill Flores, (TX-17), Mike Johnson (LA-4), Ralph Abraham (LA-5), Michael Guest (MS-3) and Steven Palazzo (MS-04).