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New four-lane section of U.S. 20 set to open soon

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 15, 2012 – Iowa is set to receive another economic boost with the opening of a new 26-mile, four-lane segment of U.S. 20 in northwest Iowa. A celebration is planned next week to mark another milestone toward completion of a four-lane highway that will eventually stretch from Dubuque in eastern Iowa to Sioux City in the west.

The newly completed segment begins at the intersection with Iowa 4 near Rockwell City in Calhoun County and continues west to U.S. 71 near Early in Sac County. The road is scheduled to open to traffic Monday, Nov. 19, at noon. The celebratory event will follow on Wednesday.

The U.S. Highway 20 Corridor Association, host of the local celebratory event, has been advocating for the completion of U.S. 20 as a four-lane facility since the 1960s. The opening of the current segment means the remaining two-lane highway gap will be narrowed to just 44 miles.

What:        U.S. 20 Grand Opening Celebration and Dedication

When:       Wednesday, Nov. 21; 10 a.m.

Who:         U.S. Rep. Steve King, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Iowa
                   Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino III, several current and former
                   Iowa Transportation Commissioners, members of the U.S. Highway 20 Corridor
                   Association, local officials and others are expected to attend the event. 

Where:      Sac County, U.S. 20 eastbound, truck pull-off area located approximately one mile 
                    east of U.S. 71

Members of the media and public are welcome to attend the event.


Media contact: Dakin Schultz, District 3 Office in Sioux City, 712-274-5837 or [email protected]


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