Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)
A Report to Congress as directed by Section 1927 of the "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)."
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Section 1927 of SAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 14th Amendment Highway and 3rd Infantry Division Highway, requires the Secretary of Transportation to submit a Report to Congress that describes the steps and estimated funding necessary to designate and construct a route for the 14th Amendment Highway. Section 1927 specifies the highway should extend from Augusta, Georgia, to Natchez, Mississippi. .
The 14th Amendment Highway report looks at five different corridor alignment/design alternatives connecting Augusta to Natchez, and estimates the cost to construct highways of various design levels along the corridors. The design levels consisted of: 1) a minimal build design level that assured continuous connection; 2) an arterial design that provides four-lane, divided highways with some access control; and, 3) a full Interstate Highway System standard design level.
Planning-level cost estimates were developed for five conceptual corridors with design levels ranging from usage of existing highways to alignments composed solely of routes built to Interstate design standards. Estimated costs ranged from $296 million to $7.7 billion.