On April 28th, the Texas Transportation Commission approved a minute order that authorized TxDOT to request formal recognition by American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) of the first segment of US 190 as Interstate 14.
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) of 2015 designated the 25-mile segment of US190 from the Business 190 junction in Copperas Cove to I-35 in Belton as a Congressional High Priority Corridor and designated this corridor as I-14.
TxDOT had previously assessed the corridor for various strategic and economic benefits as well as improvements that would be required to meet Interstate Highway design standards. Those improvements have been addressed and were presented to regional elected officials and planning staffs in March 2016. Additional improvements include expansion to 6 lanes and upgrades to frontage roads and connections to other highways.
The next steps include requesting approval from Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The approval process from AASHTO and FHWA is anticipated to take several months. Once final approval is given, signs can be installed to make the designation official and visible to the public.
Read more in this press release from the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition.Leave a reply