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Work on 20 still on track

Next section to open by end of 2013

March 12, 2011
By BILL SHEA, Messenger staff writer

HOLSTEIN - Another new section of four-lane U.S. Highway 20 in northern Iowa should open by the end of 2013 unless there are major delays caused by bad weather, a state engineer reported Friday.

Earthmoving for that section in Calhoun and Sac counties began last year and some work has continued through the winter. Tony Lazarowicz, a district engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation, said additional contracts will be awarded this year for more construction work.

Progress on the four-lane job was the subject of Lazarowicz's remarks to the U.S. 20 Corridor Association Friday morning at the Lohff-Schumann Memorial Community Center in Holstein.

All of the needed culverts and bridges along the route between Iowa Highway 4 in Calhoun County and U.S. Highway 71 in Sac County are being built, according to Lazarowicz.

''Everything is going well there,'' he said.

However, a lot of earthmoving remains to be done, he added.

He said that in May the Department of Transportation will award a contract for paving the four lanes between Iowa Highway 4 and Sac County Road N14. That work is to be done by the end of 2012.

Then in October, a contract will be awarded for the construction of a bridge that will carry the four-lane section over U.S. Highway 71 near Early in Sac County.

Lazarowicz said that in July 2012, a paving contract for the section between Sac County Road N14 and U.S. Highway 71 will be awarded.

If all those projects go forward as planned, the new four-lane section extending to U.S. Highway 71 will debut by the end of 2013, he said.

In December, the latest four-lane piece, an 18-mile section between Moorland in Webster County and Iowa Highway 4, opened.

The roughly 75-mile segment between Iowa Highway 4 and Moville in Woodbury County is the last section that remains to be widened. The widening of U.S. Highway 20 across northern Iowa has been inching along for almost 50 years.

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