The Youth Infrastructure Coalition has launched an effort to get the federal government to approve funding for a proposed new interstate that would run from Texas to Georgia and cut through central Louisiana. The highway would be called I-14. Frank Lumpkin IV, president of the organization, says the proposal will be a great fit for the region.
"We've been able to have this collaborative effort because we all genuinely care about our region and want to make it a better place for the future, and Interstate 14 will do just that," says
Lumpkin says new infrastructure has been swept under the rug for far too long and the addition of the interstate would have a positive impact on residents in surrounding communities.
"For the persistent poverty in the south, we're going to be providing opportunity through better business, which is better for everyone, no matter what part of the socioeconomic scale that you are located on," says the coalition president.
Lumpkin says the project will mostly be upgrading existing roads to interstate standard, which will cut down on the costs of building a whole new road.
"For the most part, you are not going to see the eminent domain costs and the destroying of preexisting communities like you did when the interstate system was initially built."