This proposed route misses Dothan, Alabama, by about an hour or so, and a TV station there has begun the pre-grieving process:
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 bypass 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.
Surely someone must have noticed that I-16, which runs from Macon to Savannah, doesn’t even approach Augusta. On the other hand, this scheme indicates a number: the proposed road, which lies mostly south of I-20 and north of I-16, almost has to be Interstate 18.