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DOT Director gives Highway 20 update

Plans to transform Highway 20 into a four lane road across the state of Iowa could run out of gas.  Most of the route between Dubuque to Sioux City is already four lanes wide.

But, there's still a more than 30 mile stretch of Highway 20 that's only two lanes from Moville to Early.

The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce said expanding the road to four lanes is a big priority for northwest Iowa.

"Transportation is critical to our success in economic development.  So we certainly, so we definitely want to encourage the DOT to make it a priority," said Chris McGowan, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce President.

The Director of the Iowa Department of transportation Paul Trombino spoke to the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce about transportation issues this week.

Trombino said there's no completion date set yet.  The DOT does have $150 million to spend on Highway 20 until the year 2018.

They'll start grading the next stretch of the project next year.  However, that too could hit a roadblock.

"That challenge is that last bit of maze that is well over $300 million, is to find room for that in the program that would happen outside of the program," said Paul Trombino.
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