Highway 20 widening tree removal

U.S. Highway 20 west of Correctionville, Iowa, is shown Oct. 29. Gov. Terry Branstad will lead a ceremony in Sioux City Tuesday to celebrate the final push to finish widening the highway to four lanes.

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | Gov. Terry Branstad will join with supporters of the U.S. Highway 20 expansion in Sioux City on Tuesday to celebrate the final push to widen the highway to four lanes.

The U.S. 20 "Final Forty" kickoff is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Sioux City Convention Center. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Paul Trombino, the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, and Transportation Commission Charese Yanney of Sioux City also are expected to attend.

The delegation will hold a similar ceremony Tuesday morning in Fort Dodge.

A five-year plan approved by the Iowa Transportation Commission in June includes $286 million to widen the remaining 40 miles of two-lane highway between Early and Moville.

The work includes $138.1 million for 17 miles in Ida County in 2016, $80 million for 11 miles in Sac County in 2017 and $68.3 million for 12 miles in Woodbury County to be done by 2018.

The modernization project is more than 50 years in the making.

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