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NEWS RELEASE

 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
August 31, 2004

New Ohio River Scenic Byway Web Site Launched

Columbus Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor announced today the launch of www.OhioRiverScenicByway.com, a Web site designed to help travelers research and plan trips on the 967-mile route along the Ohio River in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

 The Ohio River Scenic Byway is designated as one of Americas Byways by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta. Americas Byways are a collection of distinct and diverse routes that offer travelers access to beautiful scenery, historic attractions and a diverse cultural heritage.

The new Web site contains information on more than 500 events and attraction for areas located along the entire Byway in a single Internet location.  Previously, Ohio River Scenic Byway information was contained in numerous sites individually developed and managed by a number of smaller regional organizations.

 The site can be searched by category, state, date, attraction or event name and keyword, said Ohio Scenic Byway Coordinator Paul Staley. Users can also identify dining and lodging options near the attractions or events in which they are interested.

The information on the Web site is organized into six major categories: river towns; the great outdoors; famous people and places; history and folklore; culture and entertainment; and festivals and events. The site also includes preplanned itineraries, and allows users to set up a personal account for saving information.

The new Web site promotes the Ohio River Scenic Byway as a state, national and international travel destination, said Staley. It will also help support economic development in the Ohio River Scenic Byway communities and provide a user-friendly way for people to discover the variety of diverse experiences available on the byway.

The program was funded by The Federal Highway Administration, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Office of Tourism Development, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Main Street Golconda, Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism, Ohio Office of Appalachia and Ohio River Trails.

The Web site was developed by Columbus-based Fahlgren, Inc.

Click here to visit the Ohio River Scenic Byway site