Press Release -- March 12, 2007
Route 9 Designated as Delaware's Third Scenic and Historic Highway

Dover -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that it has approved Route 9, from the New Castle County Court House (located on Delaware Street between 2nd and 3rd streets in New Castle City), to the John Dickinson Plantation (at the intersection of Routes 9 and 113 in Kent County) for designation into the State Scenic and Historic Highways Program. This area will now be recognized as the "Route 9 Coastal Heritage Scenic Byway".

The Delaware's Scenic and Historic Highways Program was conceived during the 2000 legislative session, after the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 320, authorizing DelDOT to develop and manage the program. Its purpose is to provide recognition to Delaware roadways possessing certain fundamental qualities that create a special visual experience to people traveling the road.

In order to qualify for the State Scenic and Historic Highways Program, the transportation route must be adjacent to, or travel through an area that has particular intrinsic scenic, historic, natural, cultural, recreational or archeological qualities. The program emphasizes beautification, enhancement and preservation of the roadway while recommending strategies to address community goals and objectives to strengthen the byway's business and commercial areas, support stewardship of resources and provide for tourism and interpretative needs.

The plan to designate Route 9 was developed by an Advisory Committee of residents, property owners, officials, organizations and businesses and was managed by Delaware Greenways. The approval by Transportation Secretary Carolann Wicks opens the door for the Route 9 Coastal Heritage Scenic Byway to earn federal Scenic Byway designation.

"This announcement is the result of a team approach between property owners, businesses, local, state and federal agencies, elected officials, residents and organizations," said Secretary Wicks. "Their commitment and efforts to complete this plan is a testament of their passion for the preservation of the Route 9 corridor."

Route 9 now joins the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway (from Rodney Square in Wilmington traveling through Routes 52 and 100 up to the Delaware-Pennsylvania State Line) and the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway (including 30 secondary roads that form a network closely linked to the Red Clay Creek), as the third area to be accepted into this program. As part of the Corridor Plan, DelDOT will place signage along the byway, identifying it as a State Scenic and Historic Highway. It will also be identified on official state maps and promoted through the Delaware Tourism Office.