State's Scenic Byways Program Gets A Facelift
DelDOT Unveils Updated Web Site, Logo, and Brochure
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) joined other local, state, and federal officials, as well as members of the public to celebrate the unveiling of the newly updated Delaware Byways Program. The event was held at Brecknock Park in Camden, the site of an historic family farm originally owned by Thomas Howell, whose house still stands on the property, and location along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, one of the six designated byways found in the state.
"Today is a historic moment, much like the byways that we are celebrating," said Transportation Secretary Carolann Wicks. "These byways enable the places that help to tell the story of our state to be known and enjoyed, not just driven by and forgotten."
The cornerstone of the Delaware Byways Program is the collaboration that exists between citizens and the local, state, and federal government. The program is administered under the guidance of the Delaware Byways Advisory Board, which includes representatives of other state agencies, historic preservation and environmental advocacy groups, county government, and the real estate industry.
DelDOT was authorized to develop and manage what was originally called the Delaware Scenic and Historic Highways Program following the passage of Senate Bill 320 by the General Assembly during the 2000 Legislative Session. In June 2010, the program was officially renamed Delaware Byways Program by virtue of Senate Bill 210, which was sponsored by State Senator David McBride and Representative Deborah Hudson.
The purpose of the program is to provide recognition to Delaware roads possessing certain intrinsic qualities that create a special visual experience to people traveling the road. Each of the six byways in Delaware highlights the special features found lining them. A fact that is evident when you read their names: Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway, Red Clay Valley Byway, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, Route 9 Coastal Heritage Byway, Lewes Byway, and Western Sussex Byway.
The new logo, brochure, and Web site that the program now boasts will make information about the byways more noticeable and accessible for residents and travelers. "These tools," said Wicks, "will enable those who have been traversing our state for years or who may be visiting for the first time, to enjoy the history, beauty, and culture that our state has to offer."
For more information about the Delaware Byways program, please visit byways.deldot.gov
or call 302-760-2080.