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Perryville announced on the National Scenic Byway – again!

Three KY Scenic Byways Get National Designation
By WestKyStar Staff

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday that three Kentucky scenic corridors — Lincoln Heritage Highway, Kentucky Great River Road and Woodlands Trace — have been elevated to National Scenic Byway designation by the Federal Highway Administration.

“These highways showcase a part of Kentucky’s rich …. heritage,” Gov. Beshear said. “National designation will help put these routes that traverse historic treasures and the natural wonder of the Bluegrass State on a larger map.”

The Lincoln Heritage Highway follows a 71-mile stretch of US 31E and US 150, from Hodgenville to Danville. The corridor passes through New Haven, Bardstown, Springfield and Perryville.

The Kentucky Great River Road is a 63-mile highway network along the Mississippi River in western Kentucky. It follows sections of US 51, KY 1203, KY 123, KY 239 and KY 94 through Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton counties. The road is part of a national corridor stretching the length of the mighty river from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. With the designation of the Kentucky portion, along with sections announced in other states today, the entire length of the corridor becomes part of a National Scenic Byway.

Woodlands Trace is a 43-mile corridor through Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee. Kentucky’s 30-mile stretch runs along KY 453, from the northern edge of LBL, southward to the Tennessee line.

Corridors are recognized as National Scenic Byways based on archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, which manages the program. Kentucky has three other National Scenic Byways: Country Music Highway and Red River Gorge Scenic Byway — both in eastern Kentucky — and the Wilderness Road Heritage Highway, which follows Daniel Boone’s path from the Cumberland Gap through southeastern Kentucky.

More information about the National Scenic Byways program is available atwww.byways.org. More information about Kentucky’s scenic byways is available at www.tea21.ky.gov.

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