A non-profit group formed by a student from Georgia and some of his friends in Alabama is proposing what could be the Gulf South's next great transportation option. The proposal for Interstate 14 would connect Texas to the Georgia coast via Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

The proposed route would begin at I-10 in far west Texas. The route would proceed through the Temple-Killen area. The roadway would then run through College Station Texas and cross into Central Louisiana near Toledo Bend Reservoir eventually running through the Alexandria area.

From Alexandria, the roadway would follow a similar path of U.S. Highway 84 taking it through Natchez, Laurel, and Meridian Mississippi. Once the proposed roadway enters Alabama it would travel through Selma, Montgomery, and Phenix City.

The proposed roadway would then cross into Georgia where it would run through the cities of Columbus, Macon, and eventually ending in Agusta Georgia on the Atlantic coast.

The proposed route would connect military installations in El Paso, Temple/Killeen, Leesville, Meridian, Montgomery, Columbus, and Augusta. Not that the military connection is preeminent in the argument but it does connect all of those facilities. It might also ease the pressures of evacuations from the coast in the event of a major hurricane.

I can see the upside for sure. The downside is money, naturally. However, when you consider the failing infrastructure of our current situation building something new might not be a bad idea. It could at least offer an option while the older roadways are being repaired.

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