A small part of construction on new Interstate 14 is underway. Now a student coalition is promoting a complete I-14 stretching from Georgia to west Texas. The Youth Infrastructure Coalition wants an I-14 that would create an east-west alternative accross the southern reaches of the US between I-10 and I-20. Frank Lumpkin, YIC’s founder started the group to promote infrastructure and economic growth in an underserved area. In Texas, I-14 would run from the Louisiana border near Jasper, through Huntsville, Bryan/College Station, Temple/Killeen and hook up with I-10 near Fort Stockton.
“If you look at a map and take the demographics of those regions, you’ll find the median household income average is about 22 percent below the average for the entire United States. So, there’s definitely disparity and facts show it.”
YIC envisions I-14 being created primarily be the expansion and improvement of existing highways as a less expensive alternative to building an entirely new highway. In contrast to Rick Perry’s Texas Trans-Corridor proposal – which drew near universal outrage and opposition – I-14 seems to be winning local support as a number of municipalities that would be affected have passed resolutions in support of the super-highway.