Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) last month introduced legislation to extend the congressionally designated Interstate 14 corridor — which currently runs from west Texas past Fort Hood to the Louisiana border — eastward through Fort Polk, La., into Mississippi, and westward past Goodfellow AFB. In addition, spur routes in Texas would extend southward to provide access to strategic seaports at Corpus Christi and Beaumont. I-14, known as the “Forts to Ports” highway, ultimately would connect six military installations across three states with military ports. The bill authorizes the new interstate route using the general pattern of existing roads and highways but leaves the final determination about the exact path with state and local officials, according to a press release from Babin. Seven other lawmakers from the three states were original co-sponsors of the bill.
“This legislation will make Fort Polk more accessible and strengthen its connections to other military installations in Texas and Mississippi,” Fort Polk Progress President Michael Reese, who was in Washington, D.C., for the introduction of the bill, said in a written statement. “This allows for more opportunities for growth, collaboration and military readiness across the military bases in these states,” Reese said.