- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

GALVA, Iowa (AP) - A project to widen 40 miles of Highway 20 to four lanes in northwest Iowa means one small town will have to endure much heavier traffic for two years.

The Sioux City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2gTBxus ) about 2,500 vehicles a day are expected to follow a detour through the small town of Galva during the $286 million highway project.

The detour goes past several homes on the south edge of Galva.

Lucas Schossow said he’s bothered by the semitrailers using loud brakes to slow down, and he said many drivers roll through the stop sign near his house.

“They wake my 11-month daughter up and I’ve got to deal with that for two hours,” he said.

Schossow said he’s asked the Ida County Sheriff’s Office to increase patrols along the detour route because of the increased traffic.

But neighbor Mary Sorenson said she thinks the detour inconvenience will be offset in the long run by the benefits of the road project.

“Once it gets opened up, the road to Sioux City will really open to commerce. The future benefits of the road will be well worth the work,” said Sorenson, who has lived in the area since 1962 and endured detours in the past.

City Clerk Anita Brandt said she hopes some of the travelers on the detour will stop in Galva for a meal or other purchases.

“We’d love to see them come in and partake of the restaurant or the bar or get fuel,” Brandt said.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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