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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7,  1999
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

ODOT Announces Two Scenic Byways

Columbus – Gordon Proctor, interim director for the Ohio Department of Transportation, recently announced two state routes in southeast Ohio have been designated Ohio Scenic Byways.

"Recreational driving is a treasured pastime where travelers can enjoy the many beauties this great state has to offer," said Proctor. "The Taft administration is continuing their commitment to recognizing and preserving roadways of distinction through the Ohio Scenic Byway program."

The roads receiving Scenic Byway designation were the Morgan County and Welsh Scenic Byway.

The Morgan County Scenic Byway was designated in February. The 39-mile byway begins on SR 78 at Burr Oak State Park and continues along SR 83 northeast to State Route 284 concluding at the Muskingum and Morgan County line.

In early March, the Welsh Scenic Byway, located in Gallia and Jackson counties, was also included in the program. The 60-mile route begins in the city of Gallipolis and runs northwest along US Route 35 to the city of Rio Grande.

Each designation was selected by a panel of experts representing the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, Scenic Ohio, Ohio’s Division of Travel and Tourism, the Ohio Farm Bureau and ODOT. Recommendations are made by the committee to the ODOT’s director who designates each state scenic byway.

With the announcement of these two byways, Ohio now has seven Scenic Byways with more than 780 miles of road.

In 1991 the U.S. Department of Transportation founded a National Scenic Byway program and encouraged each state to develop a State Scenic Byway program. The Ohio Byway program established in 1994 replaced the Scenic Highways program created in 1962. It was developed to recognize roads for their scenic, historical, natural, cultural, recreational or archeological character.