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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-209.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Route 100B Byway Committee on the designation of the Mad River Byway.

(H.C.R.141)

Offered by:  Representatives Grad of Moretown and Donahue of Northfield

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, the Federal Highway Administration administers and the state of Vermont administers the National Scenic Byway Program whose goal is “to create a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories, and treasured places,” and

Whereas, under this rubric, the Vermont byway program, a joint effort of the scenery preservation council and the transportation board, designates roads that celebrate, interpret, protect, or enhance cultural, historical, scenic, natural, or recreational resources, and

Whereas, Route 100B parallels the Mad River from its intersection with Route 100 through Moretown and ends as it crosses the Winooski River in historic Middlesex village, and

Whereas, its long-standing and continuing popularity as a scenic road is premised on the beautiful landscape it passes and the historic settlement patterns of the area it traverses, and 

Whereas, a group of civically minded local citizens formed the Route 100B Byway Committee to develop a byway along this historic Vermont highway corridor, and

Whereas, the preservation of the historic local community and enhancing its quality of life have been the primary focus of the Route 100B Byway Committee, and

Whereas, the committee’s byway plan promotes multi-modal use of the corridor by cars, bicycles, and pedestrians and the importance of highway safety, and

Whereas, the plan contains five management and enhancement strategies including:  village sidewalks, traffic calming, and streetscape improvements; scenic viewshed planning and preservation; the development and maintenance of highway pull-offs and river access; development and implementation of a user program designed to engender respect among the users of Route 100B; and the development of recreational paths, and

Whereas, as the result of this detailed work plan, and the supporting comments offered at well-attended public hearings, the state of Vermont has designated the eight-mile-long Route 100B corridor as the first Vermont Byway, and

Whereas, as a result of this designation, Steve Gladczuk, a Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission transportation planner and Mad River Valley resident, is coordinating the committee’s development of two informational kiosks and signage along the byway which a $39,000.00 federal grant is financing, and

Whereas, the Mad River Byway, which will be dedicated on May 20, 2007, may be extended at a future date to Granville Notch, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Route 100B Byway Committee on the designation of the Mad River Byway and the special dedication ceremony to occur on May 20, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Steve Gladczuk at the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, to the Moretown Selectboard, and to Vermont agency of transportation byway coordinator John LaBarge.



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