DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) -- [UPDATE: 8/9/2018 at 10:34:29 AM]
A proposal to build a new interstate highway through Alabama ultimately faces long odds of being successful, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Tony Harris, government relations manager for ALDOT, said the department has no plans at present to move forward on the idea, has not had discussions with any of the groups in favor of the idea and doesn't have available funding to do the evaluations to begin planning a project like Interstate 14 through Alabama.
"There has been no discussion about a proposed Interstate 14 involving state transportation officials in Alabama and the advocates for this idea," Harris said. "In today's funding climate, this proposal isn't likely to get serious consideration."
Harris also said that many local areas in Alabama have ideas for new interstate projects. Dothan leaders are interested in an interstate connection with I-10 in Florida. Huntsville officials would love an interstate across north Alabama.
"There are more ideas floating around out there, more wants floating around around out there, than we can fund," Harris said. "And frankly, it puts us in a situation where we have to choose what to do with the funding we have and seek the maximum benefit that we can get from those funds."
A new interstate proposal would run through Alabama but not the Wiregrass area and not everyone is happy with the idea.
There isn’t a time table for when it would be finished or even when work would start.
But here's a map of what it would look like if it comes to be, connecting interstate 10 in west Texas with Interstate 16 in Augusta, Georgia.
It would run through 5 states, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
But the closest it would get to us would be Phenix City.
And mayor Mark Saliba isn't happy about the fact that the plans by pass the entire Wiregrass.
He says, “We feel like we have been cut out for many decades, it has hurt us, we have grown a great city but we need an interstate this way before those in the middle of the state do."
A study was started back in 2010 looking at the idea for this interstate.
Mayor Saliba says Dothan will make their voice known, that we need an interstate.