SIOUX CITY | Iowa Highway 31 is being moved to the west end of Correctionville after running through downtown for decades.

A new portion of the roadway will be built in 2015 south from where County Road L-36 dead-ends at U.S. Highway 20.

The construction means the roadway will be reconfigured closer to the Little Sioux River and Copeland Park.

The project is needed to improve traffic flow near U.S. Highway 20 as the roadway is widened.

The County Board on Tuesday approved having the county take over jurisdiction of a quarter mile of Highway 31 on the south side of Correctionville.

The Iowa Transportation Commission will vote to finalize the highway conversions in a future meeting, said Iowa Department of Transportation Engineer Tony Lazarowicz.

The county and Correctionville will maintain the current highway after the 2015 changes. IDOT will give the county a one-time payment of $67,253 to cover highway maintenance after the transfer. County Engineer Mark Nahra said it isn't a hardship for the county to be responsible for the segment.

"It was a fair settlement," Nahra said.

The city will receive $462,891 for the half-mile more northerly highway segment that will move to its jurisdiction.

U.S. Highway 20 is two lanes for 44 miles from Moville to Early. The rest is four lanes. Officials for years have worked to expand the roadway to four lanes.

The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to widen a 12-mile section from two miles east of Moville through Correctionville by 2017.

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