Route 92 in Susquehanna County Joins PA Scenic Byway List

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today that an 18-mile stretch of Route 92 in Susquehanna County has been named as a Viaduct Valley Way Scenic Byway.

“The vistas and history along this road beg for the Scenic Byway designation. Granting that title will help attract tourists and enrich the local economy,” Governor Rendell said. “Tourism is one of the state’s biggest industries and this highway contributes to local and regional efforts.”

“Pennsylvania now has 12 Scenic Byways highlighting the natural beauty and richness of our communities,” Governor Rendell said.

Route 92 carries motorists past a number of attractions, including the Starrucca Viaduct (an historic railroad landmark), the Susquehanna Depot Area Museum, the Florence Shelly Preserve, the Elk Mountain ski area; Rails-to- Trails on the west branch of the Lackawanna River, the Fish Hatchery near Pleasant Mount, as well as state game lands and boating on the Susquehanna River.

Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E., said, “This designation will help draw attention to the natural beauty of the Endless Mountain region.”

The new Viaduct Valley Way Scenic Byway also winds through parts of five municipalities that took formal action to endorse the program: Lenox Township, Gibson Township, Jackson Township, Susquehanna Borough and Oakland Borough.

The Pennsylvania Byways Program, managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), allows designated routes to qualify for federal funds to pay for such improvements as paved shoulders, interpretative signs and scenic overlooks. The designation also limits the type of outdoor advertising that may be placed along the roads.

With this designation, Pennsylvania now has 12 scenic byways. They are:

— Route 3011, which connects Route 6 with Kinzua Bridge in McKean
County (2001);
— Interstate 476, the Blue Route, in Delaware County (1993);
— Route 30, Exton Bypass, Chester County (1993);
— Routes 711 and 381, the Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway, Westmoreland
and Fayette counties (1996);
— Route 40, the National Road, Washington, Fayette and Somerset
counties (1996);
— Route 144, Sproul State Forest, Clinton and Centre counties (2002);

— Route 5 and Alternate Route 5, the Bayfront Parkway and Peninsula
Drive (the Seaway Trail) in Erie County (2003);
— Grandview Avenue, McArdle Roadway and Sycamore Streets in Pittsburgh
(2003);
— The Governor Robert P. Casey Highway, Lackawanna County (2004);
— Route 120 in Clinton and Elk counties (2004); and
— Routes 52 and 162, the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway, Chester and
Delaware counties (2005).

The Rendell Administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell’s initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit his Web site at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us/.

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