Central Louisiana leaders push for I-14 support on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Central Louisiana leaders are in the nation's capital to discuss the importance of getting the nation's newest interstate through Louisiana.

The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce President Deborah Randolph is in Washington to meet with Louisiana lawmakers to discuss the importance of getting the nation's newest interstate, I-14, congressionally designated this year. (Source: GrayDC)

State Senator Michael Reese was one of those leaders. He said it is vital for the leaders to show they are united in support of I-14. Reese and others want lawmakers to get I-14 congressionally designated. That would mean the route will be set.

"The smartest thing we can do as a state is to identify where these future corridors are," said Reese.

Once the route is set, then funding discussions can begin, according to Central Louisiana leaders.

Reese acknowledges Louisiana has limited resources and money to get the interstate built at the moment.

The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce President Deborah Randolph said businesses fully support the new interstate. She said it will enhance the value to national defense at installations like Fort Polk, as well.

She said it will be "absolutely great for Central Louisiana businesses and our future along the East-West corridor".

I-14 currently stretches for only about 30 miles in Central Texas.

Watch the full interviews with Reese and Randolph above.

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