“A Common Beginning”

 

 

 


In the early 1800s railroads formed the base transportation through which community and economic development occurred.  Communities on major railroad lines prospered at the expense of those without railroads.


 

At the dawn of the 21st Century four-lane highways have replaced railroads as the lifeline to community and economic development.  Those communities located in close proximity to quality four-lane highways prosper while those not strategically located struggle for their existence. 

 



US HIGHWAY 20

NORTHWEST IOWA’S GATEWAY TO THE WORLD

President – Floyd Magnusson                                                                            Treasurer – V.H. (Buck) Boekelman

Vice President – Shirley Phillips                                                                                   Secretary – Sharon Ann Irwin

Association Address:  1239 25th Avenue North, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

Association Telephone #: 712-273-5283

 

 

April 1, 2003

 

 

Governor Vilsack

Iowa Congressional Delegation

Iowa DOT Commission

Federal Highway Administration

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Enclosed you will find a detailed briefing booklet that outlines the rationale and need for Iowa and Federal Transportation Officials and our Iowa Congressional Delegation to include US 20 as a Part of the Iowa DOT Special Funding Request for FY04 AND inclusion in the upcoming Federal Highway Reauthorization legislation that will be debated and approved in 2003 making US 20 a federal highway priority.

* The US 20 Corridor Association has been working on this project since the 1960's. Iowa legislators along the corridor have set US 20 as their number one priority.

* The corridor is almost finished with less than 92 miles of this vital transportation link to complete. The gap left to complete is from Sioux City to Fort Dodge, 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, which appears to be the Governor's, and the Legislature's priority, as well as enhancing and promoting economic development.

*    The Corridor Association includes counties outside the immediate corridor area.

* A four lane US 20 would provide a desperately needed east-west alternative to the overcrowded and dangerous 1-80. It is estimated that 74% of Iowa traffic is directed from east/west with only one major four-lane highway available for cross-state traffic.  By using a four-lane U.S. 20 one would cut miles from the average trucker's route resulting in lower freight costs and speedier delivery.

*    US 20 cuts Iowa in 1/2 between 1-80 and 1-90 north of the Minnesota border.

*    US 20 will be a direct route to NAFTA without traveling through mix masters or urban areas.

* It's been proven by economic development officials that prospective businesses are interested in the nearest Interstate or 4-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 and under construction in Nebraska and Wisconsin to tie to U.S. 20.  Illinois is redesigning U.S. 20 around Glena and Freeport, which will give a safe four-lane roadway.  A second bridge span at Dubuque will facilitate safe passage over the Mississippi River.

* The corridor would be of great benefit to our agricultural industries. New ethanol plants being built near Galva and Cleghorn will need a network worthy of providing them with raw product as well as trucking the finished product. 50% of the Northwest Iowa billion dollar corn and soybean crop is shipped by truck.

* 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, Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architects, University of Northern Iowa, trucking firms, industries and retail businesses, as well as interested citizens.

 

Please review the enclosed briefing booklet and let us know how we can best work together to get this very important project completed. Over 10,000 Iowan's have signed petitions in support of this project so we hope you understand this has very strong grassroots support all across the great state of Iowa! We look forward to working with you as we develop the final funding package that will help pay for the $450 Million bill to complete US 20 as a Four Lane National Highway Priority corridor across the state of Iowa.

 

The Association thanks you for your consideration to our proposal.

 

 

 

 

Floyd Magnusson

President

 


Table of Contents

 

 

Section 1  - History/Overview of U.S. 20 Initiative

Section 2 – Local and Statewide Support

Section 3 – U.S. 20 as the “Midwest Connector”

Section 4 – Economic/Demographic Facts

Section 5 – An Environmentally Sensitive Highway

Section 6 – Budget and FHA Request

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 1

 

 

History/Overview of U.S. 20 Initiative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Section 1 - History/Overview of the U.S. 20 Initiative

 

US Highway 20 was one of the very first coast-to-coast highways in the United States. Starting in downtown Boston, it travels through Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon.

 US 20 is a direct route from Iowa's manufacturing and food processing industries to the northeastern United States, one of the world's largest and wealthiest markets. US Highway 20 is also a direct route for Iowa's exports to the seaports of the Northwest.

Manufactured products trucked out of northern Iowa include farm machinery, pre-molded counter tops, doors, lamb, turkey, ostrich, pork and beef products, groceries, boat trailers, model airplanes, pet food, rebuilt farm machinery parts, highway construction equipment, consumer dairy products, popcorn, food, furniture, home appliances, computers, truck trailers and bodies, hydraulics, baked goods, grain bins, park equipment, plastic products, home products, glass products, fishing tackle, manufactured homes, snow mobiles, personal water craft, building  products, cattle feeders, paint, baseball caps, stained glass architectural products, utility trucks, veterinary and medical products, pharmaceuticals, flowers, recycled paper, plastic and steel, recycling equipment, commercial refrigeration equipment, barbecue sauce, cattle and hog equipment, packaging materials, grain products of various kinds, candy, genetics, ethanol, and a few dozen more.

50% of the millions and millions of bushels of corn and soybeans grown in the area are shipped out of northwest Iowa by truck according to estimates by the CC&P Railroad.

30 of the 109 Iowa companies employing 1000 or more people are located in or have a presence in the 10 counties of the US Highway 20 primary corridor including HyVee, IBP, UPS, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Wells Dairy, Gomaco, VT Industries, Midwest Independent Evapco, and Style Craft. All these are highway dependent companies.

6,645 business establishments are located in the 10 counties of the primary corridor of Highway 20.

11,153 businesses are located in the 19 counties that US 20 serves as an arterial highway feeding to and from I-29 and I-35.

US 20, soon to be completed to four lanes east of I-35, is the primary artery connecting with northwest Iowa' highway system. US Highways 169, 71, 59, and 75, State Highways 10, 18, 4, and 60, and multitude of secondary county roads feed to and from US 20. These primary roads serve the Iowa Great Lakes (Iowa's largest tourist area) and the thousands of businesses and farmers in the northwest part of our state.

US 20 is northwest Iowa's arterial link to the NAFTA main line and connects all North-South interstates in Iowa.

The US 20 route to Chicago from northwest Iowa is approximately 100 miles shorter than taking I-80. At an average trucking cost over a $1.00 per mile the savings per truck load in transportation alone amounts to more than $200.00 per round trip to Chicago and beyond.

Most of northwest Iowa is 60 to 90 miles from a four-lane highway. Today more than ever, one of the basic building blocks of economic growth is not just good transportation, but excellent transportation systems. Economic growth in northwest Iowa means increases in jobs, population, school enrollment, tax base, and the basic wealth of northwest Iowa's people. Economic growth means decreases in costs of welfare and crime.

The economy of northwest Iowa historically has been an important contributor to the state's economic well being. Continuing the economic growth of and turning around the population decline of northwest Iowa is important to the entire state.

The investment in bringing US Highway 20 to full four-lane service across the entire state is an issue of great economic importance to all of Iowa and certainly to the thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities in northwest Iowa.

The real economic benefit is long term. It is measured by lowered transportation cost of moving goods and services into and out of Iowa and by the opportunities for expansion of markets, increases in jobs and population for the entire northern half of Iowa.

Finishing US Highway 20 to a four-lane from Dubuque to Sioux City is a good investment for all of Iowa.

 

US Highway 20 is:

·         The direct route from Iowa to the Northeast US Markets

·         The direct route from Iowa to the seaports in Northwest US

·         The link to highways serving 19 Northwest Iowa counties

·         100 miles shorter to Chicago that I-80, saving $200 per trip

 

US Highway 20 serves:

·         30 of Iowa's 109 companies employing 1000+ people are in the 10 counties of the US 20 corridor west of I-35

·         6645 Iowa businesses are in the US 20 primary corridor of 10 counties west of I-35

·         11,153 Northwest Iowa businesses are serviced from highways connected to US 20 west of I-35

 

US Highway 20 benefits:

·         Short-term added income from construction, food, and gasoline

·         Long-term economic benefit from lowered transportation costs, market expansion, new companies, added jobs and population growth

 

US Highway 20 moves Iowa's manufactured goods to market

·         Farm Machinery

·         Lamb

·         Boat trailers

·         Rebuilt parts

·         Popcorn

·         Computers

·         Baked goods

·         Plastic products

·         Manufactured homes

·         Building products

·         Baseball caps

·         Flowers

·         Plastic & Steel

·         Barbecue sauce

·         Grain products

·         Pre-molded counter tops

·         Pork

·         Model airplanes

·         Construction equipment

·         Furniture

·         Truck trailers

·         Grain bins

·         Glass products

·         Snowmobiles

·         Cattle feeders

·         Stained glass products

·         Recycled paper

·         Recycling equipment

·         Livestock equipment

·         Candy

·         Doors

·         Beef

·         Pet food

·         Dairy products

·         Home appliances

·         Hydraulics

·         Park equipment

·         Fishing tackle

·         Personal watercraft

·         Paint

·         Utility trucks

·         Veterinary/medical products

·         Commercial refrigeration

·         Packaging materials

·         Truck bodies

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 2

 

 

Local and Statewide Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Section 2 – Local and Statewide Support

 

It is vital for the protection and growth of Iowa's economy that a serious effort is made to complete the Highway 20 four-lane project. As you know, the Highway 20 project has a broad base of public support across the State of Iowa, including mine. I was pleased to provide the Federal Highway Administrator, Mary E. Peters, with the opportunity to listen first hand to the community leaders who have been working hard to advance this critical project for many years

 

Congressman Tom Latham

 

 

 

 

Seldom a day goes by that we do not hear someone discussing the status of Iowa. It may be with regard to a declining population, lack of jobs and/or budget problems at city hall or the school.

Rural Iowa most certainly has it share of the aforementioned problems. Chamber of Commerce and community development groups are stressed to the limit as they struggle for survival.

With these points in mind, I find a lot of satisfaction and promise with efforts of the Highway 20 Association. The 20 Association is a volunteer group spending its time pursuing the completion of the planned four lanes of highway, Dubuque to Sioux City.

While I personally have only been involved four or five years, I know many who have pursued this dream for decades. It is happening!

It is, in my opinion, the biggest thing to happen to northwest Iowa in 100 years. Remember U.S. 69 going north and south, or the Lincoln Highway carrying us east to west? Enter interstate 80 and then 35 - how it changed Iowa. How it changed America!

We know statistically that 74% of Iowa´s traffic travels East to West. But I-80 and 90 across southern Minnesota can no longer carry the load.

Highway 20 must be completed to link the corridor - Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, etc. - but more importantly offer alternative routes to Iowans.

We have seen the figures and heard the testimony of those living along Iowa´s completed four-lane corridors, particularly Cedar Rapids to Iowa City. The population increases. The communities develop, land values improve, time is saved with added commuter safety. The facts are very impressive.

So, we have covered my personal enthusiasm for the Highway 20 project. Here is what we need from every community with a vision of a better future. If Iowa, and particularly northwest Iowa, is to grow we need a better transportation system.

I travel Iowa for my company. Eastern Iowa has that better transportation. They continue to improve that as they fully understand the impact of a modern transportation system. Granted, good transportation costs, but it pays enormous dividends in the long run. We are in this for the long run.

So, the Highway 20 Association needs members who share our vision for more and better development. We need more good minds sharing their thoughts with an already ambitious group of people intent upon improving the quality of life in Northwest Iowa.

Finally, please don´t wait to be asked again. We are asking you to support the "20" Association´s effort now! It is our hope that every county, town, chamber, Rotary, K.C., Jaycee, Lion´s, etc. get involved.

The trucking industry helps us sum up this significant situation with their slogan: "If you got it, a truck delivered it."

 

Daryl Watts

 

 

"The completion of U.S. Highway 20 is very important to the economy of Iowa. The ability of businesses to expand into the underutilized region of Northwest Iowa would add a great economic benefits to the entire state.

This Midwest Corridor would allow new route connections to business hubs, such as Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Sioux City, IA; and Sioux Falls, SD. At the same time, it would provide some relief of the truck traffic currently using Interstate 80."

 

 

Virginia Wright – Pocahontas County Economic Development Commission

 

 

"Although we are located some 20 miles North of Hwy 20, its completion as a four-lane would definitely be a boost to our economic development activities. Recently in a discussion with a potential industry, Hwy 20 came up and the likelihood of additional job creation after the facility would be located would be greatly enhanced with a four-lane in place. The market to which this Wisconsin-based company wishes to expand is from Omaha to Sioux Falls so a East-West corridor would certainly make a Buena Vista County location even more appealing. We wholeheartedly support the Hwy 20 effort."

 

Chris Nolte, CEO Storm Lake Area Development Corporation

 

 

In this age of "next day delivery" - mostly by truck - we need to be able to provide an opportunity to move raw materials and finished products in northwest Iowa in a safe and efficient manner. The new and existing industries located in our region have been promised a better transportation system - based on the status reports provided to us by the Iowa DOT over the past couple of years. We have continued to tell them that we are expecting "Progress as Promised."

As an economic developer for the past fifteen years, I can tell you that the first question a prospective industry asks is, "How close are you to an Interstate or 4-lane Highway?" You'll find many of us in this portion of the state have lost our "bid" for businesses on this reason alone.

Three new Ethanol plants have sprung up on the corridor and within the adjoining tiers of counties with 5 more under construction and two more under consideration. These value added agricultural opportunities will increase the demand for a better transportation system.

The economy of northern Iowa historically has been an important contributor to the state's economic well-being. Continuing the economic growth of and turning around the population decline of western Iowa is important to the entire state. The investment in bringing U.S. 20 to a full four-lane service across the state is an issue of great economic importance to all of Iowa and certainly to the thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities in northern Iowa.

The need for the completion of 4 lane for U.S. Highway 20 is now more eminent than ever.

 

Shirley Phillips, Executive Director Sac Economic & Tourism Development

 

 

On behalf of Prairie Energy Cooperative I would like to extend my support for the completion of Highway 520 as a four lane east-west thoroughfare across Iowa as soon as possible.

The completion of this corridor is vital not only for rural economic development of our communities, but also will provide a greatly needed avenue for communication and transportation in northern Iowa.

 

Mike Hagen, Executive Vice President/GM Prairie Energy Cooperative

 

 

This is in response to your article in the Jan. 13 Courier about the Iowa Department of Transportation Commission regarding Chairman Tom Aller's chastising Roger Pease of the Highway 20 Association for his so called "counter-productive remarks."

I believe Chairman Aller needs to learn or review the history of U.S. 20 west of Fort Dodge. Or perhaps he prefers to just ignore it.

My father was a longtime member of the Highway 20 Association in Western Iowa up to his death in 1974. I recall him telling me about attending a meeting of the Association in Sioux City in the late '60's. A highway commissioner addressed the group and proudly announced "within 10 years one should be able to drive from Sioux City to New York City on four-lane U.S. 20 without a stop sign or a traffic signal." Implying, of course that U.S. 20 would be widened to four-lane across the whole state within that period.

Some time later work started on the widening of U.S. 20 from Sioux City to just east of Moville (about 20 miles). And right of way for widening was purchased all the way to U.S. 71 just south of Storm Lake. After the 20 miles were widened, work ceased, and the right of way in that 50 mile stretch from Moville to U.S. 71 has been unused by the commission since that time.

During that time little has been done to the west end of U.S. 20 except for routine patching some overlay of the old concrete, replacing a bridge or two and then only as two lane bridges. Some of that old concrete was, I believe, poured in the 30's.

Commission Aller surely has to be aware of the promises made over the years to those communities west of Fort Dodge.

Duane A. Hunting Letter to the Editor of the Waterloo Courier, Jan. 27, 2002

 

 

Hy-Vee officials stated recently that they were concerned about northwest Iowa's highway system. Ruth Mitchell, a spokeswoman at Hy-Vee's corporate headquarters in West Des Moines said,

"Not just Highway 20 but Highway 71 and Highway 59. They are really vital for the continued viability of our facility in Cherokee. We run 5 million miles a year in trucks out of that distribution facility. The road conditions have been deteriorating for some time up there, and not a lot has been put into improvements. So it is a very important issue to us."

 

Ruth Mitchell, Hy-Vee Corporation

 

 

Quad County Corn Processors Cooperative is an 18 million gallon per year ethanol plant recently opened just 2 miles south of Galva at the intersection of Highway 20 and county road M25. The plant is truly a grassroots project that has been funded by area producers who are interested in adding value to their farming operation. Grain farmers area attracted by the 6.8 million bushels of corn that will be used as feedstock to produce the ethanol. Livestock producers benefit from the approximately 130,000 tons of quality feed that will be produced as a co-product of the ethanol manufacturing process. Our 400 plus members are generally located within the counties of Ida, Sac, Buena Vista, and Cherokee.

One of the main components in this whole story is Highway 20. It is the critical access to markets that drove the decision to locate Quad County Corn Processors where it is. In order for any entity to thrive, it must be fed. The source of nourishment needs to be plentiful and the delivery system dependable. Our delivery system is Highway 20. It is anticipated that there will be 30-40 trucks arriving at the plant each day, not including the traffic generated to deliver the corn at harvest.

If the highway is adequate now, will it be when the CO2 plant opens or the next business opens? I am encouraged by the dialog with the Iowa DOT. They have been interested in our progress and know about our concerns.

It is important that cities, counties, businesses, and individuals stay active in organizations such as Highway 20 Corridor Association to keep the progress moving forward. Thank you for all your efforts.

 

Mike Jerke, General Manager Quad County Corn Processors

 

 

 

Follows are Resolutions received from Various Governments, Businesses, Industries, and Citizens along the U.S. 20 Corridor

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 3

 

 

U.S. 20 as the “Midwest Connector”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Section 3 – U.S 20 as the “Midwest Connector”

 

 

This map clearly shows the potential impact on the northern half of the State of Iowa as well as Illinois, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Nebraska. With approximately 73% of Iowa traffic moving east and west, completion of U.S. 20 will give Iowa its second state-wide 4-lane highway to help accommodate this traffic flow. This will also relieve the congestion and unsafe conditions of I-80.

Dubuque is a tri-state hub for Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois and Sioux City is a tri-state hub for Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota - both gateways to the state of Iowa on U.S. Highway 20.

Wisconsin is nearing completion of Hwy. 151 (northeast of Dubuque, Iowa) between Dodgeville and Dickeyville to reach the Madison area and enable a better transportation route for their products.

Illinois is progressing on planning and construction of their section of Highway 20 between Galena and Freeport thus reaching the Chicago area and beyond.

On the western side of Iowa, Nebraska is proceeding on their Hwy. 35 from Sioux City southwest to Norfolk.

I-29 runs north from Sioux City into South Dakota and northward to Canada or connects to I-90 to run westward to the Pacific.

Iowa must now complete the 90-mile portion of U.S. 20 between Fort Dodge and Moville just east of Sioux City. We must complete the "Midwest Connector" for regional economic growth by enhancing the flow of traffic within and through Iowa.

"If transportation is referred to as the engine that drives the economy, then we must keep our engine fueled and running in the right direction to complete this project of making U.S. Highway 20 a 4-lane highway," said V.H. "Buck" Boekelman of Fort Dodge.

 

 


Access to a four-lane highway is often cited as a prime factor by CEOs and other corporate executives when considering a location for an industrial acquisition or expansion of an existing facility.  Therefore, ten mile buffer zones has been applied to the corridors found on the previous map.  This exercise provides a very clear visual of highway deficiencies within Iowa.  The areas showing glaring deficiencies are located within Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Iowa.  By far, the largest and most prominent area is within Northwest Iowa.  Completing U.S. 20 as a four lane facility will traverse the middle of this large area of void and provide a necessary public utility to encourage future development.

 

 



To build upon the information presented in the previous two graphics the logical question becomes – “Is there a correlation between the lack of quality four-lane highway access and projected population decay.  The graphic above answers that question with a very definite yes.  When estimates by the State Demographer for counties expected to further loose population are overlaid on the prior graphic a very high degree of correlation exists.  The correlation is most evident within Northwest Iowa where U.S. 20 is strategically located within the middle of that void.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 4

 

 

Economic/Demographic Facts

 

 

 

 

 

 


Section 4 – Economic/Demographic Facts

 

Perhaps the most serious problem facing Northwest Iowa is a declining population. With some exceptions all of the region’s counties gained population until 1940, after which a consistent diet of decline are found. 

Corridor County

Population in 1940

Population in 2000

% Change 1940 to 2000

Buena Vista

19,838

20,411

+2.9%

Calhoun

17,584

11,115

-36.8%

Cherokee

19,258

13,035

-32.3%

Hamilton

19,922

16,438

-17.5%

Humboldt

13,459

10,381

-22.9%

Ida

11,047

7,837

-29.1%

Plymouth

23,502

24,849

+5.7%

Pocahontas

16,266

8,662

-46.7%

Sac

17,639

11,529

-34.6%

Webster

41,521

40,235

-3.1%

Woodbury

103,627

103,877

+0.2%

Wright

20,038

14,334

-28.5%

Corridor Total

323,701

284,703

-12.1%

 

Individually, Calhoun, Cherokee, Hamilton, Humboldt, Ida, Pocahontas, Sac, and Wright Counties have experienced the greatest declines.  The urban center around Sioux City (west end of the corridor and current on four-lane Interstate 29) held its own. In regard to this substantial depopulation of the area, several planning assumptions are made:

1.       The population loss is greatest in rural areas where mechanization of agriculture has occurred at a rapid pace and carried with it a corresponding loss of jobs.  In the early to mid 1980s many farmers ceased operations due to economic conditions, and few, if any job opportunities were available to absorb them into the area's larger cities. Therefore, due to a reduction in job opportunities those leaving the farms generally migrated to other Iowa urban centers, or out-of-state.  It was not until the late 1980s that urban jobs became available to provide an alternative to migration.  If the late 1980s turnaround on jobs had not occurred, the population losses would have been more severe.

2.       Outmigration has been a major problem of the Region, as employment opportunities have not kept pace with the number of individuals seeking work. Outmigration has cost the Region its most valuable resource-its educated youth and most productive group capable of producing taxes for the local governments that must secure such economic attractions now demanded by prospective industries.  The net result of the population shift is that an older population is left to pay a higher tax bill spread among fewer residents.

A large majority of the persons who migrated from the region were high school and college graduates who could not find employment (particularly professional) within the region and middle aged farmers who left the farm and could not find other employment.

Outmigration is costing the region its most valuable resource--educated youth.  This group is capable of producing taxes for local governments who must secure economic attractions demanded by prospective industries.  The net result of the population crisis is an increasingly older population who must pay a higher tax bill spread among fewer residents.  Thus, not surprisingly, cities and counties are having difficulty raising local taxes and issuing bonds to support industry and community improvements.

The Region also shows a trend toward an older population.  Generally, the percentage of population under the age of 19 is decreasing and the percentage of population over age 65 is increasing. The region has become progressively older, a trend that mirrors that for the State of Iowa, but is more severe.

With a severe decline in population, extensive outmigration, and a reliance upon row crop agriculture also comes a much lower than state average per capita income.  An attached chart shows that most corridor counties have a percent of school students qualifying for reduced-priced lunches greater than the state average.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 5

 

 

An Environmentally Sensitive Highway

 

Iowa River Bridge – An Innovation Marvel

 

And

 

U.S. 20 – Iowa’s Living Roadway

 

 


Section 5 – An Environmentally Sensitive Highway

 

Continuation of improvements to U.S. 20 will also incorporate an “environmentally friendly” design.  Through a unique partnership with the U.S. 20 Corridor Association, the University of Northern Iowa, and the Iowa Department of Transportation efforts are underway to maximize the new design as environmentally friendly that will also provide the corridor with unique recreation and cultural features.  Two examples are enclosed:

¨       Iowa has received national recognition for its planning and construction of an “environmentally friendly” U.S. 20 bridge over the Iowa River. To preserve the fragile ecology and scenery of the Iowa River Greenbelt through a 1,510 foot weathering steel I-girder structure consisting of five 302 foot spans supported on four piers.  The construction essentially occurred from the top through a “launching” format that left the scenic river valley virtually undisturbed. 

¨       Western improvements to U.S. 20 will be completed in an environmental manner through a concept known as Highway 20 – Iowa’s Living Roadway.  Special precautions are being taken to design improvements to incorporate scenic and historic resources into a tourism advantage for the local economy.  A partnership with the University of Northern Iowa will provide a landscaping and grass cover that approximates historic standards. 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 6

 

 

Budget and FHA Request

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Section 6 Budget and FHA Request

 

Section A – Moville to U.S. 71 near Early (47 Miles)

Paving                                                                    $101,000,000

Grading                                                                  $  29,400,000

Holstein/U.S. 59 Interchange/bypass               $    2,600,000

Correctionville bypass                                        $    1,000,000

Bridges                                                                  $  23,000,000

Contingencies                                                      $  27,000,000

Paved Shoulders                                                  $  19,000,000

Total                                                                       $203,000,000

 

Section B – U.S. 71 to U.S. 169 (50.5 miles)

Paving                                                                    $103,100,000

Grading                                                                  $  30,700,000

U.S. 71Interchange                                              $    1,600,000

Moorland Interchange                                        $    1,600,000

Iowa 4 Interchange                                              $    1,500,000

Bridges                                                                  $  24,500,000

Contingencies                                                      $  27,500,000

Paved Shoulders                                                  $  20,500,000

Total                                                                       $211,000,000

 

Section C – Request for Tea-21 Reauthorization Funds

Year 1              $16,000,000

Year 2              $16,000,000

Year 3              $16,000,000

Year 4              $16,000,000

Year 5              $16,000,000