ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The US House of Representatives passed HR 2, The Moving Forward Act, this week which is a $1.5 trillion dollar package that has a number of major infrastructure investment proposals by the federal government, according to Dustin Fawcett with MOTRAN Alliance Inc.
One big proposal is a five-state plan to expand Interstate 14 from Odessa, Texas all the way to Augusta, Georgia. The route through the Permian Basin will go along parts of I-20 and US 385 in Ector County and then through Midland County along I-20 to SH 158 down to San Angelo. From there it will continue East through Brady to College Station and across the Louisiana border.
Fawcett says what makes the designation so important is that the corridor will connect 15 US military bases across the South-East as well as making transportation easier in the oil and gas industry. Fifteen members of Congress support this project and are working to get the legislation passed.
The Senate will take up this bill next and make the necessary cuts to push it forward but MOTRAN is confident this portion will be passed. On the next MOTRAN Minute, Dustin Fawcett will tell us about another portion of HR 2 to improve broadband access in rural regions of the United States.