The city of Fort Madison is getting a gift from the state, ownership of the main thoroughfare through town and the money to fix it.
The city is taking control of Highway 2 from the bypass to the foot of the bridge.
The Iowa Department of Transportation is also giving the city $13.75 million to make improvements.
Mayor Brad Randolph says this move will help speed up the pace in fixing the road.
"Now we have the benefit of controlling the road, improving the road at our discretion, at our timelime, not waiting on the DOT to make it happen."
Money for the project is expected to come in next month.
Engineering work could begin yet this fall and Highway 2 should be improved over the next few years.
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