50 YEARS LATER, HIGHWAY 20 STILL NOT COMPLETELY FOUR LANED

50 YEARS LATER, HIGHWAY 20 STILL NOT COMPLETELY FOUR LANED

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NORTHWEST IOWANS HAVE BEEN BATTLING FOR 50 YEARS TO GET HIGHWAY 20 COMPLETELY FOUR LANED IN THIS PART OF THE STATE TO HELP SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

FRUSTRATIONS WERE RENEWED IN THE SPRING WHEN THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FAILED TO INCLUDE THE FINAL 31 MILE STRETCH FROM CORRECTIONVILLE TO MINNESOTA AVENUE IN ITS LATEST FIVE YEAR HIGHWAY PLAN.

HIGHWAY 20 ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT SHIRLEY PHILLIPS SAYS SHE’S TIRED OF WAITING FOR THE STATE TO FINISH THE PROJECT:


OC….ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. ;18

THE COST ESTIMATES FOR THE LAST SEGMENT ARE AROUND $300 TO $400 MILLION DOLLARS:


OC…THE 1960’S :14

SHE’S ALSO FRUSTRATED THAT ONLY ONE MEMBER OF THE D-O-T COMMISSION IS FROM WESTERN IOWA, AND THAT EASTERN CITIES ALONG HIGHWAY 20 HAVEN’T BEEN VOCAL IN THEIR SUPPORT OF FINISHING THE WESTERN STRETCH.

PHILLIPS WAS RE-ELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION AT THEIR ANNUAL MEETING HELD FRIDAY AT THE SIOUX CITY PUBLIC MUSEUM.