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I-29 study makes it past another hurdle

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Community support grows for a study to build another Sioux City, I-29 interchange.

Earlier this winter, Sioux City and Woodbury County signed an agreement of understanding over the city's request to have the on and off ramps built near the Southbridge Industrial Park.

Now, they've taken the plan a step further, signing a proposed cost sharing agreement.

The first time the city proposed the interchange plan, in 2005, the Iowa Department of Transportation said it wasn't needed, but times have changed.

 "Seven or eight years ago there wasn't the demand like there is today.  Some things have started to happen out there.  It was based mostly on speculation back then.  Now the county has also got a development that's proposed in that area," said Dakin Schutlz.

The Iowa DOT is committed to paying 33% of the price tag, which is $132,000.  Woodbury County will fork over $120,000.  Sioux City will $114,000.  Sergeant Bluff and Salix will chip in for the $400,000 study too.

The study will determine the need for another interchange, along with who will pay for it.  No timeline has been set.

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