PennDOT New Scenic Byway Designation For The Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway In Chester, Delaware Counties
On March 11, the Department of Transportation announced the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway in Chester and Delaware counties has received a National Scenic Byways Designation from the Federal Highway Administration.
“We are thrilled that another one of our Pennsylvania’s Byways has achieved National Scenic Byways status,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “The beautiful, historic Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway is more than deserving of this honor.”
The Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway directly adjoins a national scenic byway of the same name in the state of Delaware and extends the route into Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley.
The history encompassed within the Byway spans from the settling and early development of the nation through the Revolutionary War, the struggle for freedom on the Underground Railroad, to the creation of world class cultural institutions by the families who had made the Brandywine Valley their home.
The scenic qualities arise from the land itself, which fortunately has been protected due to its fine agricultural assets and the forward thinking and means that the residents possessed to protect and conserve the landscape.
The 25-mile route in Pennsylvania, when joined with the Delaware Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway, forms a figure eight encompassing Route 52 starting at the Delaware state line, traveling north to Route 162, and returning via Creek Road back to the Delaware state line.
Commenting on the designation, John Haedrich, Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway Commission chair said, “The vision for the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway is that it will continue to be a place with a deep and varied history recognizable in the landscape and intertwined with a distinctive natural environment and pastoral scenic vistas—vibrant threads which together make a rich tapestry for the use and enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.”
This effort also entailed the support of seven participating municipalities including Birmingham Township, Chadds Ford Township, East Bradford Township, East Marlborough Township, Kennett Township, Pennsbury Township, and Pocopson Township.
In addition, letters of support were provided to FHWA by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Chester County Planning Commission, Delaware County Planning Commission, Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau, and numerous other stakeholders.
The National Scenic Byways Program, established by Congress in 1991, recognizes historic, scenic, natural, archeological, cultural and recreational qualities and promotes tourism and economic development in nearby communities.
Pennsylvania created its own Byways Program in 2001 - as a local grassroots program - and is managed by PennDOT. Pennsylvania boasts 21 byways, four of which now are FHWA National Scenic Byways.
Visit PennDOT’s State Byways Program webpage for more information.
[Posted: March 11, 2021]
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