Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Greenway Unveils Scenic Byways Public Outreach Summary

Subject: 9A recommended as Byway by Hudson Valley Greenway
Date: 3/8/2005 2:10:43 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
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Greenway Unveils Scenic Byways Public Outreach Summary
Date: Saturday, March 05 @ 17:12:59 EST
Topic: Community

From L to R, images of Al Wegener, the citizen spearheading the 80-miles Shawangunk Scenic Byway near Lake Mohonk; Chuck Lesnick Representing New Yorkers for Parks; Carmella Mantello, Exec. Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Council and Conservancy; Hilary Kitasei, Henry Hudson Parkway Scenic Byway.

Next Steps to Include Grants Program and Technical Assistance

HYDE PARK, NY -- March 5, 2005 -- The Hudson River Valley Greenway (HRVG )announced the release of its summary report on two years of public outreach conducted to identify potential scenic byways in the Hudson River Valley.

The report recommends all of Route 9A in New York City. Scenic Byway designation would provide major new sources of federal funding for the parks and greenways of the corridor, infrastructure like pedestrian bridges and tunnels to facilitate waterfront access, and transportation enhancements to restore the park-like character of the roadway.

The Henry Hudson Parkway (Rt. 9A north of 72nd Street) is already on its way toward that goal. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council agreed to fund and oversee the inter-agency and inter-governmental planning process needed to produce a Corridor Management Plan, a requirement for designation.

The report summarizes the comments gathered at a series of public workshops held in the counties that comprise the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. A summary of each workshop, along with a map of designated and potential scenic byways in that county, is complemented by a database of unique resources along each suggested byway route. The report also provides a suggested framework for the future of the Hudson River Valley Scenic Byways Project.

Chuck Lesnick, representing New Yorkers for Parks said “this will help keep the “park” in “parkways” by empowering the community to interact with the DOT and other agencies on issues of historic and aesthetic concerns.”

As defined by the New York State Scenic Byways Program, a scenic byway is a road corridor that is of regionally outstanding scenic, natural, cultural, historic or archaeological significance. A scenic byway corridor is actively managed to protect its outstanding character, and to encourage economic development through tourism and recreation. Through the NYS Department of Transportation’s Scenic Byways Program, over 2,000 miles of roads have been designated as scenic byways in New York State, and new nominations are encouraged. All scenic byways require local support and local nomination in order to receive designation.

This article comes from YonkersTribune.com

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