FORT DODGE, Iowa- Tuesday the Iowa Department of Transportation, along with Governor Terry Branstand, and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds kicked off the “Final Forty” project to pave a four lane road over the last 40 miles of Highway 20, which is still two lane. The stretch runs from west of Early, to Moville.
“The project was made possible by the Iowa Legislature voting to increase the gas tax during last session,” said Governor Terry Branstad. “It took effect March 1, cities counties and the state were able to move up a number of projects, this being one of them.”
The construction will take place over the next three years at a total cost over $240 million dollars.
The money has jumped DOT Construction and right-of-way funding from $17 million in 2015, to $183 million in fiscal year 2016.
“We worked hard, we had a lot of meetings, a lot of discussions, and we were able to gain the bi-partisan commitment to preserve, and enhance our state’s infrastructure,” said Governor Branstad.
State transportation officials and the Governor were on hand to kick off the last stretch of the four lane Highway 20, which was stared as a 4 lane, back in the 1950’s.
“I think this is terrific we finally end up with a second 4 lane east west road across the state of Iowa, “ said Shirley Phillips, President of the US 20 Association. “Not only for economic development, but for safety.”
The entire 4 lane Highway 20 project is expected to be completed in 2018.