Colorful new signs, designating the Loess Hills Scenic Byway in western Iowa, were unveiled last week at ceremonies near Glenwood and Council Bluffs.
The signs depict the Loess Hills’ unique landforms, green trees and native prairie grasses.
The Loess Hills region of the state was named one of Iowa’s scenic byways in 1998. Two years later, the Loess Hills received National Scenic Byway recognition by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The 220-mile Loess Hills Scenic Byway stretches along the western edge of the state through Plymouth, Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills and Fremont counties.
In Mills County, the byway follows the route of U.S. Highway 275.
The Loess Hills byway and the Great River Road byway along the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa are the only two in the state to be awarded the National Scenic Byway designation.
The Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development (Golden Hills RC&D) played a key role in helping the Loess Hills earn the byway designation and coordination of the signage design.
The new signs in the Loess Hills are part of a nearly $600,000 statewide project. Eleven new sets of signs, depicting scenic and byway designations, are being unveiled across the state by the Iowa Department of Transportation. The project is funded by a grant from the National Highway Administration.