Dyersville celebrated its new Highway 20 interchange with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning. The interchange replaces the deadly 7th Street intersection just to the east, which had been the site of numerous accidents over the years. Officials cheered with community members as Mayor Dan Willenborg cut the ribbon to the town’s new west entrance.
The interchange has been nearly eight years in the making… Dyersville officials first visited with the DOT and ECIA, conducted an interchange justification report, held public input sessions, were backed by local supporters such Mercy Hospital and the Western Dubuque School District and were added to the DOT’s schedule in 2011. After removing several homes and farms along Highway 20 to make way for the interchange, crews started work this past year and wrapped up on Friday. Traffic has been using the new interchange since the weekend and the DOT’s Sam Shea says everything’s looking good.
Dyersville Economic Development Director Jacque Rahe says the interchange will be a big benefit to Dyersville.
Rahe says Dyersville’s future is looking bright.
(photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)