On July 13, Iowa Department of Transportation Engineer Rich Michaelis told the US 20 Corridor Association bids for grading of a 21-mile section of relocated US 20 in Webster and Calhoun Counties would be let on July 17. The construction will continue the expansion of the highway to four lanes, ultimately leaving just 70 miles of two-lane driving on the western Iowa segment of US 20.
Michaelis explained details of the construction, which will work east from Moorland to Highway 4 just west of Rockwell City. The grading is set to be finished by the end of 2008 with paving to follow in 2010. The job will cost approximately $74 million.
The meeting, held at Iowa State Bank in Sac City, also included a report from State Representative Rod Roberts. As part of a study committee for the completion of TIME 21, a transportation needs assessment, Roberts reported that a bill was passed for the theories of advancing transportation needs but not for the funding. He opened the floor for ideas from the US 20 Corridor Association Board and the public, mentioning possible effects on next year's General Assembly election and the need for Governor Culver's support.
President Shirley Phillips expressed some concerns about the fact that only two of the four lanes would be paved. "We are pleased to hear about progress being made on the expansion of four-lane US 20 in Webster andCalhoun Counties. We are concerned that four-lanes of right-of-way will be graded but only two paved in the present plan," she said. "Our hope is that monies will be available to pave all four lanes when that time comes in 2010."