BUSINESS

The evolution of highways in the Sioux City area can be seen in this set of maps.

WEST End (entire route): I-129/US 20/US 75 exit 2, South Sioux City NE

Facing south on Business 20

Business 20 in Sioux City spans two states, Iowa and Nebraska. It is one of only a handful of business routes that cross state lines, or may even be the only one. There's no indication of it at this interchange, though; it's only got one sign in the state. The route of Business 20 follows what at one time was US 73 north to 29th Street, where old 20 joins the north-south road going north into Sioux City and then east once it gets into Iowa.

Closeup of signage in background

South Sioux City gives you a big hint you're in Nebraska: horizontal stoplights.

Facing north

This north-south road - Dakota Avenue in town - was NE 35 until a few years ago. Iowa is the only destination given on signs for I-129.

Facing west on 129

The greened-out space on the left most likely held the NE 35 shield. It would be nice if the Nebraska Department of Roads signed Business 20 here. Taking the exit, Jason Hancock saw a stoplight-ahead pole mounted upside down (green-yellow-red), an affirmation that the N in Nebraska does indeed stand for "Knowledge".

US 77/Business 20 split

Facing south on 77

This intersection is just across the state line and is the only marking for Business 20 in Nebraska.

Facing north on 77

This sign is about halfway between the above intersection and the bridge. There used to be an IA 12 shield on the right, with no indication of Business 20. The fact that 77 is mentioned as being on the "exit" dates back to when 77 continued north with I-29 to Sioux Falls, before 1982.

WEST End (Iowa segment): Nebraska state line, near "Iowa's Most Stupid Intersection"/I-29 exit 148, Sioux City, Woodbury County

Facing north on 77 (2007)

Photo by David Morrison

What you need to know about this end:

Many more pictures covering nearly every sign of this interchange, old and new, are available at the US 77 page.

Entering/leaving I-29 (pre-reconstruction)

IGIC/Iowa DNR photo (5/13/02)

The route in GREEN is Business 20 westbound. It follows Gordon Drive, which joins the I-29 exit ramp to US 77. It then goes under 77 to the northwest stoplight, at which point it turns left. After one more light, its ramp joins 77 right before the bridge into Nebraska.

The route in BLUE is Business 20 eastbound. It exits 77 and turns right at the southeast stoplight. It joins mainline I-29 for a short while before taking the next exit, crossing under 29 and then meeting Gordon Drive at an intersection, where it goes right. The last half of that was also the way IA 12 left I-29. The ramp between the green and blue lines is westbound Business 20's onramp to southbound 29. (The interstate west of the Gordon Drive exit is one of the first pieces of I-29 to open. This is probably because it was built right on top of Gordon, which now only exists at the far right of this aerial photo while the overlaid part carried US 77.)

Facing north on 29 (November 1999)

Photo by Eric Peterson

Wesley Way (later Wesley Parkway) was closed for work at the time of this picture. A few years later, new buildings were being built next to the Municipal Auditorium, and soon afterward, both Business 20 and 12 were taken off the sign to make way for a new one...

Facing north on 29 (June 2005)

...which, of course, has to have a corporate moniker attached (but at least occurred soon after Tyson bought IBP, dodging an off-the-bat name change). Why do we have to call them all "Events Centers" now? I suppose that having one auditorium for things isn't enough nowadays. There's no reason that Business 20 couldn't have remained on this sign. "Business District" vs. "Downtown" is an interesting contrast. Note lack of US 77 or an exit tab on the Wesley Parkway exit sign.

Facing south on 29 (June 2005)

Next exit: Absolutely Nothing! Wait a second, that's not right. Exit 147A used to be for Floyd Boulevard and the Sioux City Stockyards, but the first was taken off the sign (for construction, maybe?) and "Stockyards" was peeled off when 142 years of cattle and hog drives ended March 25 and 27, 2002. But don't worry - with the casino that's off the exit, someone is still making a killing. Update: Exit 147A is now "Floyd Blvd / Historic 4th St".

Interchange with Business US 75

Facing east on Business 20

What's interesting about this is that there isn't much room on the signs for the routes that used to be here - US 75 (right two signs) and IA 12 (left). While it's possible there was a "12 North" on the left sign and the "20 Business" was moved up a bit to center it, there's no corresponding space for 75 stuff - and there aren't any 75 shields at the intersection either. Surprisingly, this isn't the only secret state route-to-street interchange: University Avenue (IA 934) and Greenhill Road do the same thing (though Greenhill isn't a business route).

EAST End: Interchange, US 20/75, Sioux City, Woodbury County

This is also the old but now secret south end of IA 12. More pictures from other directions at this interchange are on a combined 12/Business 20 page.

Facing east on Business 20 (2005)

Facing east on Business 20 (2014)

Facing east on Business 20 becoming 20 (2005)

That "East 20" in left center would have made a great "End Business 20" and may have held an "End 12". Either way, those signs are gone now.

Facing east on Business 20 becoming 20 (2014)

Before 2001, half of the cloverleaf had been constructed, with the south half diamond and north half inner loops. When the 75 bypass was built, one of the inner loops was changed from being a loop to being an exit whose traffic comes to a complete stop/T intersection at the other route (like a folded diamond). You can see the southbound-to-eastbound ghost ramp stub behind the "East 20" at left center above.

Facing west on 20 becoming Business 20 (2005)

"To 29" looks like it's an afterthought, and it probably is; see the north end of Business 75.

Facing west on 20 becoming Business 20 (2014)

Facing west on 20 becoming Business 20 (2014)

Aerial photo between Neil's and Eric's by IGIC-Iowa DNR: 5/13/02

Pictures by me: First-sixth and ninth-twelfth, 14th, and 17th, 6/12/05; 13th, 15th, and 16th, 7/16/14

Page created 1/19/03; last updated 5/16/15

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