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NEWS RELEASE

 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
February 2, 2004

Ohio Department of Transportation Designates New Scenic Byway

(COLUMBUS)  A new scenic byway was recently added to the Ohio Department of Transportations (ODOT) list of must-see areas around Ohio across the northern part of the state.

"We are proud to designate the Lincoln Highway Historic Byway as Ohios newest Scenic Byway," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. "We can now make sure that historic sites like this are preserved for generations to come. I encourage motorists to get out and see what this route has to offer."

The Lincoln Historic Highway follows the original 260-mile alignment of the 1928 U.S. Route 30. The byway runs through Van Wert, Allen, Hancock, Crawford, Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Stark and Columbiana counties.

This newly designated byway was chosen for its historical significance. As one of the longest routes in the country, beginning in New York City and stretching westward to San Francisco, it opened the western portion of the country for development in the early 20th century.

The six intrinsic qualities ODOT considers when designating a potential scenic byway are: archeological sites, cultural aspects, historic artifacts or sites, natural beauty, scenic areas and recreational uses.

Since the scenic byway program was created in 1994, ODOT has designated a total of 17 byways throughout Ohio. Designated byways are eligible for National Scenic Byway grant monies to fund marketing programs, brochures and information centers for visitors. They are also denoted by Scenic Byway road signs and given special recognition on the state of Ohio maps.

For more information about Ohios Scenic Byways log on to www.ohiobyways.com