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Detour will bring heavy traffic to small northwest Iowa town

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. Galva is in Ida County and has a population of under 500 people.

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 Sioux City Journal reports.

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

Lucas Schossow says he’s bothered by the semitrailer trucks using loud brakes to slow down, and he says 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,” Schossow said.

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