I-14 System in Texas
On November 15, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was signed into law and authorized the Interstate 14 (I-14) system in Texas to be an extended network of highways across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. This new interstate system will enhance connectivity in the southern United States and improve mobility between urban and rural population centers, military installations, maritime ports, and economic sectors including energy, freight, timber and agriculture.
In Texas, the I-14 system is projected to be over 1,000 miles long and extend along sections of the following highways in the central part of the state:
- US 69
- US 83
- US 87
- US 96
- US 190
- US 385
- State Loop 338
- State Highway 63
- State Highway 158
- Farm-to-Market Road 305
Additionally, a loop encircling the Bryan/College Station area was also authorized and can be viewed in the I-14 System in Texas map.
Currently, approximately 25 miles of the system have been designated and signed as I-14 in Texas from I-35 in Belton to US 190E in Copperas Cove.
The building of a new interstate highway system will be a decades-long strategic initiative. The I-14 System in Texas will be developed through a series of incremental upgrades to bring highways up to interstate standards. While the IIJA provides a general route, it will be necessary to further define where the I-14 system will go. This will involve working closely with local communities and stakeholders to determine specific alignments.
Once the highway sections have been upgraded to interstate standards, TxDOT will request interstate highway designation from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
In 2023, TxDOT’s Corridor Planning Branch will lead a statewide planning effort to develop an implementation strategy for upgrading this network of highways in Texas to interstate standards. This strategy will be developed in coordination with the TxDOT Districts where the roadways that comprise the I-14 system are located. This planning effort will include stakeholder identification and engagement, public meetings to inform the public about the new interstate highway system, and data collection and analyses to document the existing and future roadway characteristics. The planning process will culminate in an implementation strategy report that will serve as a guide to the TxDOT Districts for future project-specific planning and programming for construction.
In a separate planning effort, the TxDOT Bryan District is conducting the I-14 Central Texas Corridor Study, a regional corridor study of the future I-14 system in their District, which follows US 190 eastward from Rogers in Bell County to Huntsville in Walker County. This regional study will determine the feasibility of a corridor and route for a roadway facility that meets interstate standards. Additional information about this regional study can be found here.