Georgia college student makes case for new interstate to Houston Co. commissioners


    Brianna Giles (WGXA)

    HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Houston County commissioners heard the proposed plan from one college student to have a new interstate built that would start in Texas and end in Augusta, Georgia.

    Columbus native Frank Lumpkin started the Youth Infrastructure Coalition to take his idea to local governments, and he's hoping it'll pass in Middle Georgia.

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    Houston County commissioners didn't respond to it positively at first -- one commissioner even questioned the plan because Lumpkin's committee is "full of college kids."

    Commissioners didn't make a decision Tuesday night, but Lumpkin said so far, he's got the support from the following cities and counties:

    • Columbus
    • Butler
    • Warner Robins
    • Milledgeville
    • Sandersville
    • Baldwin County
    • Washington County
    • Talbot County
    • Taylor County
    • Peach County
    • Macon-Bibb County

    Baldwin County passed its resolution on Interstate 14 Tuesday night.

    That county's commission said in a Facebook post that the project "would connect communities to one another providing economic growth to these areas as well as link major military bases to one another to strengthen our national security."

    Although Houston County commissioners didn't have its own answer for the proposal quite yet, Lumpkin said he believes the project would affect the county in three ways.

    Lumpkin said that while the number of resolutions doesn't determine the success of Interstate 14, the more resolutions he gets means more overall support for the project.

    If Interstate 14 is passed, Lumpkin said it'll run east to west in between Interstate 10 and Interstate 20 and then move north through Middle Georgia.

    Lumpkin said he's not as concerned about funding at this point as he is with getting designation for the project.

    For more information about Interstate 14, head to Youth Infrastructure Coalition's website.



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