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Highway 20 project may be in jeopardy

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 NEAR CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa (KTIV) - If you drive around Northwest Iowa, you've probably been on many two-lane roads.

But, some people have been pushing for a major change to make Highway 20 four-lanes from Moville to Early, Iowa.

Friday, the US 20 Association met to talk about the progress of this project and heard from the Iowa Department of Transportation.

An official with the DOT said starting this summer, grating is set to begin East of Moville to Minnesota Avenue, which is just about 3 miles down the road from Correction.

Funding is set for the first stage of the project, but the DOT said the Highway Trust Fund is in danger because the federal government could reduce funds for projects like this by 90 to 95 percent.

"Most likely what would happen is, the commission would have to figure out which projects to delay, and which projects would go forward. There would still be construction, just not as much,"  Iowa DOT Transportation Planner Akin Schultz said.

"This project is always in jeopardy. We're in competition with all other road projects in the state. So, in order to stimulate economic development in all of Northwest Iowa, this four-lane 20 is crucial to us," Shirley Phillips, with the US 20 Highway Association, said.

If the US 20 Highway project goes forward and is not impacted by the potential cuts for fiscal year 2015.

DOT officials said this stretch from Orville to Correctionville should be fully complete by 2018.

But those involved with the US 20 Highway Association say their work won't be done.

There are still 33 miles from Correctionville to Early that remain two lanes.
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