A proposal was just released in a federal study that examined building a new highway that would stretch from Augusta, Georgia to Natchez, Mississippi. The Federal Highway Administration commissioned a study as required for meeting a congressional mandate. The study does, however, look at the prospect of creating an interstate highway running through middle Georgia, Alabama and then through lower Mississippi. What’s being called the 14th Amendment Highway, or “I-14”, would include not only building new roadways but also re-doing existing roads to merge them into the proposed highway.
For Georgia drivers, this possible highway would be a beneficial addition to the state’s highways. The route would better connect Columbus, Macon and Augusta. Tying these cities together has been on several state officials’ agendas, as reported by The Macon Telegraph.
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Regional Mobility Manager with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Bob Rychel, said he thinks the impact of the 14th Amendment Highway (or any similar interstate highway) will be largely for the communities the highway would travel through.
“It is a proposed project, so I think that any community that’s in its designated route would need to think about planning around that and in conjunction with that,” Rychel said.
The FHA study did detail five different options for improving the connecting route from Augusta to Natchez. A minimum plan that would cost approximately $296 million would add smaller stretches of roadways to connect existing highways. The highest costing plan is to create the 14th Amendment Highway, which is approximated to cost $7.7 billion.
No funding for this federal route has been allocated or identified yet. It seems like the FHA study was propelled by requirement and not out of real need for the highway, however, Georgia officials are taking the findings to heart and studying them to figure out state-level improvements they can make.
Georgia officials are smart to look into making changes like the 14th Amendment Highway would bring. Streamlining travel across the state of Georgia while avoiding building the roadways through major cities like Atlanta and Macon will help. Highways are a common place for fatal traffic accidents and traffic accidents that cause serious injuries. The higher the rate of speed that vehicles are traveling, the more force that creates when two or more vehicles collide. If you have been involved in a highway traffic accident, Kalka & Baer may be able to help you.
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