Storm Lake development leaders say the project is a "critical" step forward for the area's future hopes of growth.
The US 20 Association, working in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Transportation, will hold a Grand Opening Celebration and Dedication marking the occasion Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. Guests at the event will be Governor Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Congressman Steve King, Iowa DOT Director Paul Trombino, as well as members of the US 20 Association.
Those who would like to attend should come from the west on the east bound lanes of four-lane US 20 at the interchange with US 71, north of Early. Approximately 1.5 miles east of US 71, signs and personnel will direct guests to parking in a truck turnout area.
"The US 20 Association is pleased to know this segment, the second longest continuous segment of four-lane to open in Iowa since the Interstates were built, will be open in time for Thanksgiving holiday travelers to enjoy the safety and efficiency of this new road," commented Shirley Phillips, president of the US 20 Association and executive director of Sac Economic and Tourism Development. "This segment was built extremely well, extremely fast, and opens new doors of opportunity for northwest Iowa."
Following the ceremony on the new highway, the Association invites guests to a reception being held in Early at the United Methodist Church, 402 Hickory.
"This will truly be a celebration and the US 20 Association will continue to advocate for completion of statewide four-lane US 20," Phillips remarked. "Acquisition for expansion of US 20 in Woodbury County between Moville and Correctionville is underway. We look forward to the planned grading for this segment to begin and will be zealous in our efforts to see the final 30 miles added to the DOT Five Year Plan in the near future."
Efforts to get the 20 corridor completed as a four-lane superhighway have been going on constantly since the 1960s. The project was planned to be a national leader as a thoroughfare that also showcases native plantings, promotes tourism and encourages recreation.
* ON THE WEB: For more information and project photos, visit www.4lane20.com.