A proposal favored by several senators from other states could bring an interstate highway to Hinesville and Fort Stewart.
A Senate bill would designate as a federal priority a path through seven states stretching from North Carolina to El Paso, Texas.
The corridor has been named Strategic I-14 because it would provide an improved connection between key military installations including Fort Stewart, Fort Polk, La., Camp Beauregard, La., Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Bliss, Texas, Camp Shelby, N.C., Fort Benning and Fort Gordon.
The proposed I-14 corridor would cross the Mississippi River at Natchez and run near Alexandria and Leesville on Highway 28 before crossing the Sabine River at Burr’s Crossing, La.
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is co-sponsoring the legislation along with Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas).
The legislation would provide the same designation given to the I-69 Corridor by Congress a decade ago. Planning and environmental studies for segments of that project are now under way in several states. A coalition is working with local officials in Mississippi and other states to encourage their support for the Interstate 14 designation legislation.
The Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition initially envisioned a corridor from El Paso to Interstate 59 in eastern Mississippi. The broader Interstate 14 concept contemplated by the federal designation makes it a truly national project crossing seven states.