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NEWS RELEASE

Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
June 28, 2002

ODOT Changes Web Address of Scenic Byway Site

Columbus - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced today that its Scenic Byway Web site has a new address: www.ohiobyways.com. All other ODOT Web addresses will remain the same.

"Since the Scenic Byway program is a service for travelers and residents living along Scenic Byways, the new address will take advantage of the popularity and visibility of the dot com name, and help travelers find Ohio Scenic Byway information more easily," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor.

Ohio has more than 1,000 miles of scenic byways in 44 counties. In order for a roadway to be designated a Scenic Byway, the roadway must be at least five miles long and include scenic beauty, historic structures, cultural identity, archeological sites, recreational activities, or natural features.

"Our hope is the new name will gain us more users, so even more people can enjoy traveling through the great state of Ohio, " said Paul Staley, Office of Travel Information and Scenic Byway section chief. "Current users will find the transition to the dot com name quite easy if they update their bookmarks and links."

Ohio has three nationally designated scenic byways: Amish County in Holmes County, CanalWay in northeast Ohio and the Ohio River Scenic Byway in southern Ohio. The Historic National Road was recently designated an All-American Road, the highest designation a scenic byway can receive.

The departments Web site has been in operation since 1999 and services hundreds of visitors each day. For a complete listing of Ohios 14 officially designated Scenic Byways, visit the Scenic Byway Web site at www.ohiobyways.com.