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King tours 26.2 miles of new Highway 20 near Early

Monday, October 1, 2012

Rep. Steve King inspected a newly-finished portion of four-lane Highway 20 on Tuesday. The 26.2-mile portion stretches between outlying areas of Rockwell City and Early. /Photo submitted
After backing the four-lane Highway 20 project for nearly 20 years, Rep. Steve King toured the fruits of his labor on Sept. 25 - a marathon-length newly-paved portion of highway between the outskirts of Rockwell City and Early.

"I've been pushing long and hard for this, when many said it was impossible," King, R-Kiron, told the Pilot-Tribune.

During his first campaign for Congress in 2002, establishing a four-lane Highway 20 was his top infrastructure priority. Ten years later, King pitched in as the last load of concrete went in Tuesday morning, scooping a little bit himself.

"I'm very pleased," he said. "I was utterly fortunate to be there."

Completing four-lane travel from western to eastern Iowa is still at the forefront, which will likely include finishing Highway 20 to Moville.

"It's an important thing for Storm Lake and northwest Iowa, and I'm happy to be at this point," the Congressman said. "I am now very confident we will finish this four-lane highway, and I expect to drive from Sioux City, with my cruise control set on 65 all the way to Dubuque."

With shouldering, seeding and signing of the new section of highway yet to be completed, DOT officials have estimated it will be open by late November.

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