MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT) — A proposed concept for a new Interstate 14 that would run from West Texas across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia is getting buzz on social media, but the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) says the proposal isn’t likely to get serious consideration.
The idea is not being pushed by ALDOT, but by a group called Youth Infrastructure Coalition.
Several residents of Alabama communities that would be impacted by the proposed interstate tell us they’re all for it.
“I think it’s a fantastic concept and I hope it something I can come to fruition,” said Carl Bowline.
Bowline serves on the Selma City Council and welcomes the idea.
According to the map, Interstate 14 would run through the five states, and in Alabama, through Selma, Montgomery and Phenix City.
“I think it would be a good idea, it would give people more opportunity to travel different ways,” said resident Willie Woods.
“Interstate 14 would allow economic opportunity to come to this area, which would be hugely advantageous,” said Bowline.
There’s no timetable set for this proposed project, because according to the Alabama Department of Transportation, they have not met with the group pushing this proposal.
ALDOT sent CBS 42 News this statement:
“There has been no discussion about a proposed Interstate 14 involving state transportation officials in Alabama and the advocates for this idea. In today’s funding climate, this proposal isn’t likely to get serious consideration.”