|Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway in Adams County Becomes 17th Pennsylvania Byway|
HARRISBURG - Portions of Route 394, Business Route 15 and U.S. Route 15 in Adams County are now designated as the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway, PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. announced today. This is the second byway to be designated in south-central Pennsylvania, and the 17th statewide.
"Designating routes as byways helps draw more attention to culture-rich, scenic parts of state roadways," Biehler said. "This byway traces an area important not only to Pennsylvania's history, but also to the nation’s heritage."
The byway designation covers nearly 15 miles of roads passing attractions such as the Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg National Battlefield Park, Lincoln Cemetery and Shriver House Museum.
"With this designation, a byways' visibility and safety can be improved and their natural resources can be maintained," Biehler said.
The Pennsylvania byways program, managed by PennDOT, allows designated routes to qualify for federal funds to pay for improvements such as management plans, interpretive signs, access to recreation including bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and safety improvements.
The new Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway passes through three townships, including Straban, Cumberland and Freedom, and the Borough of Gettysburg.
The byways program is modeled off of the National Scenic Byways Program, and focuses not solely on the byways' scenery, but also represents connections to historical and cultural roots.
Pennsylvania's 16 other byways are: Route 3011, which connects Route 6 with Kinzua Bridge in McKean County (2001); Interstate 476, the Blue Route, in Delaware County (1993); Route 30, Exton Bypass, Chester County (1993); Routes 711 and 381, the Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway, Westmoreland and Fayette counties (1996); Route 40, the National Road, Washington, Fayette and Somerset counties (1996); Route 144, Sproul State Forest, Clinton and Centre counties (2002); Route 5 and Alternate Route 5, the Bayfront Parkway and Peninsula Drive (the Seaway Trail) in Erie County (2003); Grandview Avenue, McArdle Roadway and Sycamore Streets in Pittsburgh (2003); the Governor Robert P. Casey Highway, Lackawanna County (2004); Route 120 in Clinton and Elk counties (2004); Routes 52 and 162, the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway, Chester and Delaware counties (2005); Route 92, the Viaduct Valley Way Scenic Byway, Susquehanna County (2005) and Route 171, SR 1009, SR 1015 and PA Route 92 Wyoming County and Susquehanna County (2007); Route 6, Gateway to the Endless Mountains, Wyoming County, (2005); Route 611, Little Creek Road and Belvidere Highway, Delaware Valley Scenic Byway, Northampton County (2005); Creek Road, Lake Wilhelm Scenic Byway, Mercer County (2006); Route 418, Lebanon Cornwall Byway, Lebanon County (2008).