Bell County: Interstate 14 legislation reintroduced

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BELL COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) Legislation was introduced Wednesday on Capitol Hill that’s intended to build on the 2015 designation of a route through Central Texas that crosses the state as Interstate 14.

Central Texas Republican U.S. Reps. Roger Williams, John Carter and Bill Flores are among co-sponsors of the I-14 Expansion and Improvement Act of 2019 introduced by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, R-La.

“Interstate 14 not only represents the future of mobility in Texas, but the future of security for our country,” Williams said.

“The Forts to Ports project is essential to better preparing for the defense of our nation and shows America’s commitment to defending freedom around the world. The improvements this project will make will significantly enhance Fort Hood’s ability to meet our national security objectives.”

According to a press release issued Wednesday by Williams’ office, the legislation builds on the original 2015 authorization of the project and doesn’t eliminate any currently authorized routes.

A five-year federal transportation bill that was signed into law in December 2015 included the designation of a corridor as a future interstate that 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.

In January 2017, the Texas Transportation Commission Thursday designated a 25-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 190 from the intersection of U.S. 190 and Business 190 East in Copperas Cove to Interstate 35 in Belton as the first segment of I-14 in Texas.

U.S. 190 from Interstate 35 to Copperas Cove already met interstate highway standards.