The US 20 Corridor Association has been working on this project since the 1960s. Legislators along the corridor have set statewide four-lane US 20 as their number one priority.
The corridor is almost finished with 32 miles of this vital transportation link to be programmed for construction. The gap left to complete is from Early to Moville which would greatly enhance the transportation network for thousands of businesses.
This project would be leading the nation in completing a corridor that showcases native plantings including recreation and tourism, as well as enhancing and promoting economic development.
The US 20 Corridor Association is composed of counties outside the immediate corridor area.
A four-lane US 20 would provide a desperately needed east-west alternative to the overcrowded and dangerous I-80. This would also cut miles from the average trucker's route resulting in lower freight costs and speedier delivery.
US 20 cuts Iowa in half between I-80 and I-90 north of the Minnesota border.
US 20 will be a direct route to NAFTA without traveling through any mix masters or urban areas. It's been proven by economic development officials that prospective businesses are interested in the nearest Interstate or four-lane highway. As evidence of this, note the way the state has grown next to these transportation enhancements in the eastern portion of the state.
The states bordering Iowa are working on highway improvement projects to connect with this corridor. Improvements are planned in Nebraska and Illinois to tie to US 20. US Highway 151 in Wisconsin has been upgraded to a four-lane facility from Dubuque to Milwaukee already.
The corridor will be of great benefit to our agricultural industries. Biofuels plants count on transportation infrastructure toprovide them with raw product as well as trucking the finished product.
The US 20 Corridor Association is a coalition of many groups: City and county officials, economic developers, Councils of Government, Chambers of Commerce, County Conservation Boards, DNR, DOT, Trees Forever, trucking firms, industries and retail businesses, as well as interested citizens.