Transportation

New Interstate Highway In Central Texas Could Have An Impact On Houston

New I-14 would connect with I-45 in Huntsville, about 70 miles to the north.

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Current map of US 190

Congress approved the new interstate as part of its transportation funding bill. It will be known as I-14, and it will mostly follow the current route of U.S. Highway 190.

I-14 will begin in West Texas. As it moves east, it will connect cities like Killeen, Bryan, and Huntsville, before ending at the Louisiana state line.

But what impact will I-14 have on Houston?

Researcher Tim Lomax with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute says I-14 could provide another distribution route from local ports.

“You could think of going up U.S. 59 or I-45 coming out of Houston and then hitting I-14 and being able to go east or west, as opposed to right now,” says Lomax. “A lot of that traffic is probably on Interstate 10.”

And Lomax says I-14 could also serve as an alternate route for long-haul truckers who usually drive I-10.

“Maybe that opens up some space to handle some other more local traffic as the local Houston economy develops,” says Lomax.

Officials say it will take a few years for I-14 to take shape since many segments of the existing roadway will have to be brought up to interstate standards.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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