Federal money for Highway 20 in western Iowa is included in the spending bill passed by Congress and signed into law last week by President Obama.

According to news releases from Congressman Steve King, which were posted on the Highway 20 Association website, the congressman secured a total of $1.425 million to expand to four lanes a 20-mile segment of Highway 20 in Webster and Calhoun counties and another segment from the county line of Sac and Calhoun counties to Moville.

The funds will go to the Iowa Department of Transportation, which will oversee the project. According to the congressman, the funding brings total federal funding secured for Highway 20 construction in western Iowa to more than $26-million during his time in congress.

He says the four-lane project will increase traveler safety, economic development, and stem population loss in one of Iowa’s most productive regions.