ODOT District 10  Projects Receive Scenic Ohio Award
 
MARIETTA (Thursday, April 24, 2014) – Two Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 10 projects, the State Route 664 relocation near Old Man’s Cave and State Route 124 relocation near Long Bottom, recently received the 2013 Scenic Ohio Award for protecting and enhancing the visual quality and historical character of Ohio’s scenic resources.
 
“Southeast Ohio is nationally recognized for its scenic beauty and we have a responsibility to help preserve the attractive and natural quality of the area,” said District 10 Deputy Director Steve Williams, P.E.
 
The Hocking County SR 664 relocation enhances safety and access to one of the state’s most recognized attractions, Old Man’s Cave. According to Scenic Ohio, this project addressed, “Environmental and aesthetic concerns and the transportation and recreation needs of the public were met through improved parking and access for emergency vehicles; greater compliance with ADA requirements; new aesthetic elements; additional landscaping incorporating native species; and bio-filter technologies.”
 
The Meigs County SR 124 project relocated 1.4 miles of an Ohio River Scenic Byway out of the Ohio River flood plain. This project was unique in that it had several environmental and cultural challenges, including protecting ‘Devil’s Hole,’ an historical Native American site, as well as building a new scenic outlook and public fishing access.
 
Scenic Ohio is America’s longest standing advocate of scenic highways and honors communities and entities that are working to improve and protect visual, cultural and historical character of Ohio’s scenic resources.    
 
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From left to right: Scenic Ohio Board Chairman Gary Meisner, FASLA, ODOT District 10 Deputy Director T. Steve Williams, P.E. and Assistant Director for Transportation Policy and Chief Engineer James A. Barna, P.E.
 
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For more information contact:
David Rose, Public Information Officer, at (614) 623-4814 or email david.rose@dot.state.oh.us