A federal payment of $500,000 has been proposed to continue work toward a four-lane Highway 20 between Sioux City and Sac City, according to an announcement this week by Congressman Steve King.
"Turning Highway 20 into a continuous four-lane road is my top transportation priority in Congress. I am thankful that $500,000 will be added to the millions already invested in Highway 20 by the federal government," stated King.
King said that since 2003, a total of $47 million in federal funding authorizations have been made to complete Highway 20. An additional $8 million in federal dollars have been designated directly to Highway 20, King said.
The new funding is contained in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill that will be soon be debated on the floor of the House of Representatives. The bill would also have to be approved by the Senate and further negotiated before a final Congressional vote to send it to the President for his signature.
"This "Midwest Connector" is vital to the economic development of the entire region," King added.
Bids are scheduled to be let this week for grading a 21-mile section of the highway relocation in Webster and Calhoun counties - from Moorland to Rockwell City. Grading is to take place next year with paving in 2010. Cost will be approximately $74 million.