Thu May 31, 2012
The Federal Highway Administration is helping highlight a Wisconsin road
Wisconsin's newest scenic byway is in Door County. County Economic Development leaders want input on what unique local stories and places should be highlighted along the route. Patty Murray reports.
The Door County Coastal Byway begins just north of Sturgeon Bay where highways 42 and 57 diverge...with 42 running along the Green Bay side of the peninsula and 57 along the lake Michigan shore.
The stretches of road got the designation from the Federal Highway Administration in 2010. Sam Perlman is with the Door County Economic Development Corporation.
Besides getting recognition for scenic beauty, Perlman says the main benefit of the designation is the ability to apply for federal grants. Already the coastal highway has brought more than a million dollars in such grants, with some used to preserve a well known view near Ellison Bay, some to improve public access to Lake Michigan...and now 138 thousand dollars to build informational kiosks.
Perlman is hosting public meetings in early June to hear from locals as to what should be included.
"Really what we want to hear from people is what makes their community special," he says. "Some of the special attractions the highlights, the intrinsic and historic value each of the individual communities have. So that we're then able to put all that information together and tell the byways story."
Perlman says the kiosks will emphasize the region's geology related to the Niagara Escarpment. They should be installed next year.
Wisconsin has three other scenic byways, two Up North, one in Western and one in Southern Wisconsin.