Somewhere between Interstate 12 and Interstate 16, there is an Interstate 14 just waiting to happen.
And one day, perhaps soon, I-14 may be the highway that young soldiers take to get to Fort Hood.
You see, there is an effort to build I-14 right on Fort Hood’s doorstep. Now, I say the word “build” loosely; the only thing that would need to be built are new road signs along U.S. Highway 190. That’s because the effort to create I-14 would actually just be a renaming of the stretch of 190 from Copperas Cove to Belton, where 190 intersects with Interstate 35.
Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin supports the idea, as do a good number of area business folks.
An interstate designation, they say, would entice more business to move to the area.
An interstate running through Killeen would be an extra selling point to potential businesses — particularly manufacturing companies.
It’s not a bad idea. As any soldier who has ever reported for duty at Fort Hood knows, that stretch of 190 already looks like an interstate.
If local and state officials can convince the Federal Highway Administration to designate that stretch as Interstate 14, the change could come soon. It would still maintain the Highway 190 name, too.
Why Interstate 14?
Even-numbered interstates run east-west, while odd numbered interstate highways run north-south.
Interstate 10, for example runs from Southern California to Florida. As you move northward, east-west routes are progressively numbered higher until one reaches I-90, which runs from Boston to Seattle.
Odd-numbered interstate highways run in a similar manner: Interstate 5 goes up and down the West Coast, while I-95 is the main highway on the East Coast.
In case you were curious, I-12 is located in southeast Louisiana, running north of New Orleans. Interstate 16 is in Georgia, connecting the cities of Macon and Savannah.
There’s also a greater plan in the works called the “Gulf Coast Strategic Highway System” that would link more than 10 military installations between Texas and Georgia. As part of that plan, I-14 would run from Fort Bliss to Fort Gordon, Ga.
Either way, if I-14 does come to fruition for Fort Hood, new soldiers may soon be singing a new tune as they drive to Fort Hood for the first time.
“Cruisin’ to Hood on the I-14.”
“I’m off to a new place, you know what I mean?”
“Crusin’ to Hood on the I-14.”
Jacob Brooks, a former Army tanker, is the city editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7468.