Mississippi Business Developers Hope Interstate 14 Legislation Reintroduced – Magnolia State Live


A Texas congressman on Thursday said he had reintroduced the I-14 Expansion and Improvement Act of 2019, which area economic development officials said could be of great benefit to Miss-Lou.

US Representative Brian Babin, R-Texas-District 36, said the legislation, also known as the “Forts to Ports” bill, would extend the future I-14 freeway to other areas of Texas and along the coast. of the gulf.

The measure would make I-14 a non-stop interstate connection between Goodfellow Air Force Base in West Texas and the strategic port of Beaumont on the Texas-Louisiana border. From there, plans for the future freeway would stretch through Louisiana and Mississippi, eventually ending at Laurel at I-59 if Congress ultimately passed the new legislation.

Chandler Russ, executive director of Natchez, Inc., said if the freeway ever came to fruition, it would have a huge impact on the Miss-Lou.

“The impact for the region is extremely significant,” said Russ.

About 60% of industry inquiries seek to be within 5 miles of a freeway, Russ said.

“From a competitor’s economic development perspective, it would be huge to receive the designation,” said Russ, adding that the traffic flow such a highway would bring would also have a significant impact on the region. “If that comes to fruition, it has the potential to grow our region unlike anything that has ever happened to us, like basically planting a river in the ground. It’s huge for us. “

Russ said he was happy Babin, the Gulf Coast Strategic Alliance, and Mississippi congressmen Steven Palazzo, R-District 4, and Michael Guest, R-District 3, were supporting the measure.

“We are extremely pleased with their support and now hope that the bill has been reintroduced, it will be taken up by the congressional committee,” said Russ. “Overall, we are delighted and hope this becomes law.”

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