You may have noticed some artistic elements on the new S-14 overpass at Highway 30 in Nevada. We’ve had questions about why this artwork appears and its meaning.
We have contacted the Iowa Department of Transportation about the artistic elements and learned more about this part of the project.
The short answer is that the Jefferson Highway Heritage (Scenic) Byway, JHHB, runs through Nevada, and due to high traffic counts, the Iowa DOT approved this bridge to have “greater design enhancements” as it is also part of the Central Iowa Highway Corridor. The JH you see on the NE and SW corners of the bridge, visible to US 30 motorists, and the thin inlay spelling “Jefferson Highway” on the west barrier are part of the art this bridge will showcase.
Over the coming months, more artistic details and elements are in store for this bridge. We hope to highlight those in the April edition of “Our Nevada” and will, at that time, also put a longer story on our website! So stay tuned!