New Interstate Highways On Their Way for 2015
The Interstate Highway system in the United States is one of the world’s most extensive highway systems. It spans across all 50 states if you count the unsigned Interstate highways in Alaska for almost 48,000 miles. As a driver, you will undoubtedly come in contact with this system, and their are new Interstate highways being planned for the future. Since most drivers learn to drive on highways that are part of the Interstate Highway System many people quickly become familiar with the entire system. Even for those familiar with the highways there are some changes coming in 2015.
Several new Interstate highways have been in the works for many years now and more miles of highway will be open during 2015. Here are some of the new sections of highway that will be opening in the coming year for drivers to be aware of:
Interstate 69 – As part of the NAFTA Superhighway to connected Canada and Mexico, I-69 has been planned for several decades, but is only now undergoing construction in several sections. It originally went from the Canadian border to the northeast side of Indianapolis, but for the last several years multiple sections have been undergoing construction. By the end of 2015 a portion from Bloomington, Indiana to Evansville, Indiana will be completely open. Almost 200 miles of the Texas portion of the new Interstate highway are already open and several more smaller sections are expected to open by the end of 2015. Portions of the highway that overlap other highways in Kentucky and Tennessee are already open as well.
Interstate 49 – This highway originally only ran between Interstate 10 in Lafayette, Louisiana to Interstate 20 in Shreveport, Louisiana, but a new interstate section extending it all the way to Kansas City, Missouri has been long under construction. In 2012 a section of almost 180 miles leading south from Kansas City opened for traffic. A section in Arkansas opened in 2014. By the end of 2015 the entire route between Shreveport and Kansas City should be mostly complete except for a 180 mile segment in west central Arkansas.
Interstate 9 – The federal government is in the process of upgrading California State Route 99 in the San Joaquin Valley to be the future Interstate 9. The city of Fresno is currently the largest city in the United States that is not served by the Interstate system, but there are plans to improve the highway soon. Many of those plans will be implemented in 2015.
Interstate 11 – The government has planned an entirely new interstate highway in Arizona that will link the cities of Phoenix and Las Vegas. As of June 2014 the highway was already in the preliminary planning stages with more studies to be conducted in 2015.
Interstate 41 – This is the planned designation of the new interstate highway from the Wisconsin-Illinois state line to the city of Green Bay along the alignment of U.S. Route 41. Construction is currently in progress and signage is being erected along the 176 mile route, with much of it to be finished in 2015. The new interstate highway will go around the west side of Milwaukee.
These are the biggest improvement to the system coming in 2015, but there are more coming by the end of the decade, so stay tuned.