U.S. Congressman Steve King projects that Northwest Iowa will receive at least $35 million in federal funding for transportation projects under Conference Report for H.R. 3, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users.
The package passed the U.S. House late last week, including $21.4 million for projects on Highway 20 including the four-lane development in this area.
"A four-lane Highway 20 will pave the way to economic prosperity for Northwest Iowa," said King. "This highway has been my number-one transportation priority since before I served in the Iowa state Senate or Congress... I will continue to do everything in my power to see all projects through to completion."
There are funds for the Loess Hill Scenic Byways and Resource Protection Project, Lewis and Clark Trail Study, and a long-proposed Highway 71 bypass of Spencer.
"After several trips to the Senate to negotiate the protection and enhancement of Northwest Iowa projects, I'm pleased with the level of cooperation by everyone involved, including the U.S. 20 Corridor Association and Senator Grassley to bring an impressive earmark to four-lane Highway 20 and Northwest Iowa," said King.
Iowa has three 4-lane interstate highways running north and south, King said, yet 74 percent of Iowa traffic runs east and west. Only Interstate 80 exists to meet east/west four lane highway demand. The piece of the U.S. 20 Corridor that remains unfinished is about 90 miles long from Moorland in Webster County to Sioux City through Ida and Sac counties.