2017 Meetings

October 13
Lohff Schumann Memorial Community Center
Holstein


Photos of the July Construction of US20
This news release was added to the website on July 19, 2017




Changes to the alignment of US 20 in Sac County to accommodate the four-lane structure are significant.

Yet change has been the norm for this roadway.

This map of US 20's route through Sac County 90 years ago show a very different location.  Change is progress!
This news release was added to the website on February 10, 2017



Recent construction photos taken between Moville and Galva
This news release was added to the website on August 12, 2016



US 20 heroes honor roll release 5-26-16
This news release was added to the website on June 3, 2016



Traffic Keeps Growing at Rockwell City
Again in April, traffic increased in 2016 over 2015.  A total of 2.97 percent more vehicles crossed the embedded DOT counter east of the US 20/Iowa 4 interchange this year than last.


 


This news release was added to the website on March 23, 2016



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This news release was added to the website on March 23, 2016



Minutes from the January Meeting are now on the web site.
This news release was added to the website on January 19, 2016


 

This news release was added to the website on January 15, 2016



US20 Final 40 Events (11-17-15) (2.5mb PDF file, opens in a new tab or winbdow)
This news release was added to the website on November 18, 2015



US 20 Corridor Association Updates
During the September 11, 2015, meeting of the US 20 Corridor Association, members voted to change to a quarterly meeting schedule in 2016. Meetings will be held in January, April, July, and October 2016.

There will not be a regular meeting in November 2015 so the next meeting will be on Friday, January 8, 2016, in Correctionville at City Hall, 312 Driftwood.

Communications with members will continue with more frequent updates being sent when there is news or events to share.

Please see the full minutes from the September 2015 meeting in this newsletter for more information and a construction progress report.



DOT Announces Public Information Meeting
This news release was added to the website on July 24, 2015

Four-Lane US 20 in Ida/Sac Counties
August 13, 2015

You are invited to attend a Public Information Meeting on August 13, 2015, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Ridge View Middle School, 310 W Main Street, Early, Iowa.  The proposed improvements to U.S. 20 from west of Adams Avenue to west of U.S. 71 in Ida and Sac Counties will be discussed.  Iowa DOT staff will be available during this time to answer questions regarding the improvements.

No formal presentation will be made; however, details of the proposed improvements will be discussed at the meeting.  Specific information regarding the proposal is available from:

Shane Tymkowicz, Assistant District 3 Engineer
Iowa DOT District 3 Office
2800 Gordon Drive, P.O. Box 987
Sioux City, Iowa, 51102
Phone: 712-276-1451 or 800-284-4368



Construction in the Correctionville area
This news release was added to the website on July 24, 2015

 

 

 



I do share in the celebration
This news release was added to the website on July 1, 2015

that "at last" we will see US 20 completed!  Enjoy the fruits of your hard work and untiring efforts.  It has been a long journey, and will now be completed.  My appreciation and congratulations to you and everyone in the U.S. 20 Association.

Congressman/DOT Commission Chair Leonard Boswell



Reflecting on Decades of Advocacy
This news release was added to the website on June 18, 2015

After almost seven decades of hard work by people along the US 20 corridor, the end is now in sight.  The commitment by Governor Terry Branstad, the DOT Commission and staff to complete the final 30.5 miles as a four-lane on an expedited calendar is welcomed by all. By providing our state with a second east-west four-lane corridor, we will continue to experience economic growth and provide a safe and efficient transportation alternative. Congratulations to all members past and present for their dedication and passion to this project. Thank you to the Department of Transportation and Governor Branstad for their vision and support.  

Shirley Phillips, president, US 20 Corridor Association



Dear DOT Commission:

Words cannot express our sincere gratitude that the Highway 20 project will be completed by 2018. The safety factor alone, not to mention transportation efficiency for the school districts that line this corridor will be worth every penny spent. Many thanks from students, staff and parents also.

The Schaller-Crestland and Galva-Holstein Boards of Education (via David Kwikkel)



Seldom, if ever, does a long term goal such as the completion of Highway 20 four-lane reach its fruition by the effort of one individual or even a very few. Such is the case with this project. Many, many men and women in northern Iowa over the past 60 years have tirelessly lobbied for the four-lane's construction and completion. Many of those same individuals have sadly passed. Yet, the light at the end of the tunnel, however dim it may have appeared, was never allowed to die. Federal, state and local politicians periodically did what they could to further the Highway 20 cause. The political winds ebbed and flowed frequently causing hope and despair, sometimes all in the same calendar year. From its very beginning, there can be little doubt that untold public and private pressure has been frequently unleashed upon the Department of Transportation. The DOT Commission and staff have always been forced to do a balancing act when faced with often overwhelming road building and maintenance needs as funding seemed always inadequate, especially in the past 10 years.  In short, when the final yard of concrete is laid, there will be no one individual or entity to thank or praise. But for decades to come millions of travelers should thank the countless number of individuals and government bodies that had a hand in pushing this project along to completion.

Bob Singer, vice president, US 20 Corridor Association
Webster County Supervisor



As the director of economic development in Calhoun County, I have seen the impact as this four-lane highway inches closer to completion. We've seen a dramatic increase in traffic counts accompanied by business start-ups along the new highway so far. Our local trucking companies are looking forward to the completion of four-lane Highway 20 across the state, not only for safety reasons but also because of the more prevalent need to get goods shipped in a more timely and efficient manner. We appreciate the DOT Commission's work on addressing transportation needs in northwest Iowa.

Pam Anderson
Executive Director, Calhoun County Economic Development Corporation



I have been involved with the Highway 20 Association to some degree for close to 40 years. I have been secretary and/or treasurer for the past 27 years. I had just about given up hope of seeing Highway 20 completed as a four-lane across the state in my lifetime. When the new five-year plan came out after the increase in the user fee on fuels by the legislature this year, I became ecstatic. I think that everyone who has been involved with this project for any length of time is smiling a lot more and a lot wider. This won't only help the northern part of the state but the entire state. I am looking forward to the final ribbon cutting and party in three years! Thank you to all the faithful members of the U.S. 20 Corridor Association, the Iowa Legislature, all of the DOT and anyone else that have and are helping to make this long awaited dream come true.

Sharon Ann Irwin, secretary/treasurer US 20 Corridor Association
Mayor of Early



Reflecting back over the past years that I have served on the Highway 20 board, I think about the various places we used to meet in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area and of the many volunteers who have served on the board.  Two or three of our board members, now past, would be thrilled at the fruition of their dream plan. To me, the visionaries who began this program are as significant as those who have perpetuated the effort and brought it to an end.  I am proud of our Highway 20 board and their tenacious effort for the people of the Middle West.

Daryl Watts
Eagle Grove



The conclusion of four-lane Highway 20 across Iowa will complete the Midwest Connector from east to west after many years of working on this project.

This completion will provide the communities, counties, citizens and businesses along this corridor with a valuable transportation avenue. The opportunities for current economic  expansions of businesses and new economic development have just shoot through the roof.  

Thank you to the DOT Commission, past and present, and elected officials for providing various funding avenues in order to keep the Highway 20 four-lane project continuing until it is finalized with the last of the concrete laid and traffic flowing from east to west across Iowa.  

Holstein looks forward and anticipates the completion of a four-lane Highway 20 with an industrial subdivision development including a truck stop, motel, and available lots for interested business and industry.

Thank you to the Iowa Department of Transportation for keeping this project in the forefront and progressively working toward the conclusion.

Marlo Schoer
City Manager of Holstein



I am sad when I think of those who faithfully worked on this project for so many years and will not get to see a four-lane Highway 20 completed.  The hard work those folks did over decades is why we are where we are. I got involved over a decade ago and there was no hope at that point. The enthusiasm of the Highway 20 group kept me going and the project alive. The dreams I had, and all "20" people had, came true so quickly it is hard to believe. The new dream is all the development opportunities this creates for everyone connected to a four lane highway in our area and across the state. This truly was a group effort by many, many people. Thanks to all of you! Dreams do come true!

Mark Monson
Woodbury County Board of Supervisors Chair



US 20 Corridor Association Applauds Action of Iowa DOT Commission
For Immediate Release: June 9, 2015
This news release was added to the website on June 10, 2015



Council Bluffs, Iowa -- After almost seven decades of hard work by people along the US 20 corridor, the end is now in sight. The commitment by Governor Terry Branstad, the DOT Commission and staff to complete the final 30.5 miles as a four-lane on an expedited calendar is welcomed by all. Association members and Iowans along the corridor share in excitement over a final date for the completion of a four-lane Highway 20 across Iowa as the Commission approved their new Five Year Plan this morning.

By providing a second east-west four-lane corridor by the end of 2018, the Upper Midwest will continue to experience economic growth as well as enjoy a safe and efficient transportation alternative. A dramatic increase in traffic counts along the most recently completed segments of four-lane US 20 has been accompanied by business start-ups already. The anticipation of future industrial, commercial, and other areas of growth along the corridor is great.

The Association realizes their work is not truly completed until the final ribbon is cut and their advocacy work will continue until that day in 2018. They mark this milestone with gratitude, anticipation, and great expectation.

-oOo-
For more information: Contact Ann Trimble-Ray.



Proposed improvements on U.S. 20 in Ida County
Proposed improvements on U.S. 20 in Ida County to be discussed May 26 in Holstein
May 14, 2015
This news release was added to the website on May 24, 2015

AMES, Iowa - May 14, 2015 - The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Tuesday, May 26, to discuss the proposed improvements to U.S. 20 from east junction of U.S. 59 to west of Adams Avenue in Ida County.

All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. at Lohff-Schuman Memorial Community Center, 301 Lohff-Schuman Drive, in Holstein. The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvements. No formal presentation will be made.

The meeting space is accessible for persons with disabilities. However, if you require special accommodations at the meeting, please notify the Iowa DOT contact listed below by May 21.

For general information regarding the proposed improvements or public meeting, contact Shane Tymkowicz, P.E., assistant district engineer, Iowa DOT District 3 Office, 2800 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa 51102, phone 712-276-1451 or 800-284-4368.

Visit the Iowa DOT's project-related public involvement event website at www.iowadot.gov/pim for information about scheduled public meetings and hearings, and opportunities to offer input to the Iowa DOT during the development of certain projects.

- See more at: http://www.news.iowadot.gov/newsandinfo/2015/05/proposed-improvements-on-us-20-in-woodbury-and-ida-counties-to-be-discussed-may-26-in-holstein.html#sthash.mz9zm1xQ.dpuf



This news release was added to the website on April 26, 2015



Iowa DOT public meeting in Holstein on March 31, 2015
This news release was added to the website on April 5, 2015

Iowa DOT held a public meeting in Holstein on March 31, 2015, regarding plans for right-of-way purchase for four-lane US 20 from Correctionville and Holstein. You can access the map that was on display by visiting this site: http://www.iowadot.gov/pim/documents/033115US20WoodburyPD.pdf A large crowd attended the meeting with great enthusiasm for completion of the project evident among attendees.

DOT staff told the US 20 Association there are two additional public meetings regarding the project already scheduled. One relating to the project from Holstein to County Road M-27 (between Galva and Schaller) will be held in May in Holstein. Another regarding the segment from M-27 to Early will be held in August in Early. Details will come from DOT at a later date.
 






 
This news release was added to the website on March 14, 2015



Average Daily Vehicle Count on Four-Lane US 20 Near Rockwell City
Traffic increases continue for 38th straight month in December 2014



WE CAN'T AFFORD TO WAIT
This news release was added to the website on January 22, 2015

Transportation Day 2015 • January 28
Wallace Building Auditorium • 502 E 9th Street, Des Moines

8:00 am Registration
8:30 am Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt Governor Kim Reynolds
9:00 am Transportation Committee Chairs Senator Tod Bowman and Representative Josh Byrnes
9:30 am Iowa DOT Commission Chair David Rose
9:45 am Iowa DOT Planning, Programming and Modal Division Director Stu Anderson
10:00 am We Can't Afford to Wait Partner Remarks/Legislative Update
10:55 am Adjourn and Move to Capitol for Meetings with Legislators and Advocacy
11:00 am Meeting with Speaker Kraig Paulsen
11:30 am Meeting with House Minority Leader Mark Smith
1:00 pm Meeting with Senate Minority Leader Bill Dix
1:30 pm Meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal

Transportation Day annually brings together advocates for increased transportation infrastructure revenue generation in Iowa.  Support comes from diverse stakeholders including highway associations and coalitions, construction interests, farm and commodity groups, counties, municipalities, and development/chamber organizations.  Together, participants will tell legislators,  "We can't afford to wait."  The Iowa DOT has stated the agency has a $215 million annual shortfall for critical needs.  Without increased revenue, the consequences of the shortfall will continue to compound with Iowa roads falling into dangerous disrepair, bridges crumbling, and capacity stagnating.  Cities and counties have been forced to bond for transportation infrastructure projects with bonds that will not be paid off before the projects' lifespan.

All are welcome to attend and participate in Transportation Day 2015.


Construction on 4-lane US 20 in Woodbury County
This news release was added to the website on October 15, 2014







 



US 20 Association Annual Meeting Set for July 11
Meeting to be held at the Sioux City Public Museum

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2014

Sioux City, Iowa - The US 20 Corridor Association will hold its annual meeting on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Sioux City. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am at the Sioux City Public Museum, 607 4th Street. In addition to regular business, Association members will elect board members and officers.  The City of Sioux City and SIMPCO are the local hosts for the Association's meeting; Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott will attend and offer welcoming remarks.

As the US 20 Association approaches the annual meeting, they face three realities.  The Iowa General Assembly completed its session without addressing the need for additional revenue for transportation infrastructure again this year. Despite having a bill to increase the user fee on fuel the first week of the legislative session then passed out the House Transportation Committee with bi-partisan support, no progress was made in either Chamber. In June, the Iowa DOT Commission approved the next Five Year Plan covering years 2015-2019. The newly added year (2019) did not include any additional programming for US 20.  Lastly, the make-up of the DOT Commission has changed. Only one of the Commissioners resides west of I-35.

"Our Association will continue to be strong advocates for statewide four-lane US 20," remarked Shirley Phillips, president of the Association and executive director of the Western Iowa Tourism Region. "Construction between Moville and Correctionville will begin this summer. We need everyone to remain engaged as we work toward completion - it won't be time to let up until the last ribbon is cut."

Association board members whose terms expire in 2014 are Pam Anderson, Calhoun County; Robert Bergendoff, Storm Lake; Rita Frahm, Ida County; Sharon Mayo, Sac City; Wayne Lewis, Sioux City; Jim Patrick, Storm Lake; and David Tripp, Woodbury County. These board members are eligible for re-election and members of the Association can self-nominate for possible election to the board as well.

Other current board members are Mark Buschkamp, Cherokee County; George Crouse, Lake View; Sharon Ann Irwin, Early; Bob Singer, Webster County; Barbara Sloniker, Sioux City; Gary Nicholson, Calhoun County; Mary Gross, Holstein; David Kwikkel, Holstein; Mark Monson, Woodbury County; Shirley Phillips, Sac County; Marlo Schoer, Holstein; Vincent Triggs, Pocahontas County; and Daryl Watts, Eagle Grove.

Present officers of the Association are Shirley Phillips, president; Bob Singer, first vice president; Mary Gross, vice president; and Sharon Irwin, secretary/treasurer.

All are welcome to attend the US 20 Association meeting. More information on the Association and statewide four-lane US 20 is available at www.4lane20.com.

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Traffic Continues to grow on US 20 in Western Iowa
Looking at daily traffic totals as recorded by Iowa DOT's embedded traffic counters tells a positive story.  Compared to the year previous, traffic was up 18.22 percent in April and 16.83 percent in May over the previous year at the location just east of the US 20/Iowa Highway 4 intersection near Rockwell City.  Just west of Holstein on the two-lane segment, traffic was up 7.77 percent in April and 6.76 percent in May.

 



US 20 Association Meeting Set for May 2 in Sac City
For Immediate Release: April 25, 2014
This news release was added to the website on April 27, 2014

Sac City, Iowa - The US 20 Corridor Association will hold its regular meeting on Friday, May 2, in Sac City. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am at Iowa State Bank, 5th and Audubon Streets, in their basement meeting room. Included on the agenda are an update on construction of four-lane US 20 plans for Moville to Correctionville, a report on recent DOT Commission actions, legislative update on transportation funding options, and other business for the good of the cause.

All are welcome to attend the US 20 Association meeting. More information on the Association and statewide four-lane US 20 is available at www.4lane20.com.

-oOo- For more information: Contact Ann Trimble-Ray at 712-273-5745



US 20 Association Meeting Set for March 14 in Correctionville
This news release was added to the website on March 8, 2014
For Immediate Release: March 7, 2014

Correctionville, Iowa - The US 20 Corridor Association will hold its regular meeting on Friday, March 14, in Correctionville. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am at City Hall, 312 Driftwood. Included on the agenda are an update on construction of four-lane US 20 plans for Moville to Correctionville, a report on recent DOT Commission actions, legislative update on transportation funding options, and other business for the good of the cause.

All are welcome to attend the US 20 Association meeting. More information on the Association and statewide four-lane US 20 is available at www.4lane20.com.
                             
For more information: Contact Ann Trimble-Ray at 712-273-5745


Shirley Phillips
president
712-830-6768 - cell

Bob Singer,
first vice president
515-955-5500

Mary Gross,
vice president
712-368-4898

Sharon Ann Irwin,
secretary/treasurer
712-273-5575

V.H. "Buck" Boekelman,
chairman emeritus
1917-2014

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