If construction of Interstate 14 through Natchez were a journey, the engine was officially cranked on Tuesday, but the road ahead is of Lewis and Clark proportions.
Proponents of bringing a new interstate highway through Natchez water at the mouth over the potential economic gains — but what about the cost of getting there?
Proponents of bringing I-14 through Natchez would say the project is imperative from an economic development standpoint — but could it potentially divide a community.
Many have called the proposed Interstate-14 coming through Natchez a pipe dream, while others see it as the city’s saving grace — but whether or not it eventually comes to fruition, the theoretical impacts a new interstate could have on the area remain.
Officials recognize the plan would take years — likely decades — to come to fruition, but with the White House reportedly planning to roll out a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, leaders throughout Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi believe the window for I-14 is opening.