FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: October 5, 2000

CONTACT PERSON: Jim Fisher, Planner

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 667-7131 FAX NUMBER 667-2099

E-MAIL:jfisher@hcpcme.org

*** Inauguration for Four National Scenic Byways ***
To be held at the Thompson Island Information Center, October 19, 2000

A celebration of Maine's first four National Scenic Byways will be held on October 19, 2000 at 12:00 noon at the Thompson Island Information Center, located next to the bridge from Trenton to Mount Desert Island. Invited speakers at this event include Representative John Baldacci, National Deputy Secretary of Transportation Downey, Friends of Acadia Director Ken Olson, Acadia National Park Director Paul Haertel and Maine Secretary of Transportation John Melrose.

This ceremony recognizes the designation of four scenic roads in Maine as State and National Byways. The inauguration ceremony will take place at the gateway for the "Acadia Byway", Maine's first "All American Road". The Acadia Byway follows Route 3 to Bar Harbor and includes the Acadia Loop Road. The Schoodic Scenic Byway, recently granted national status, begins at the Hancock-Sullivan Bridge and follows Route 1 and Route 186 through Sullivan, Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor, the Schoodic Loop Road and ends in Prospect Harbor. Two designated byways from western Maine will also be celebrated. The Old Canada Scenic Byway follows Route 201 from Solon to the Canadian Border, and the Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway follows Route 4 and Route 17 connecting Madrid, Rangeley, Houghton and the Four Ponds Public Reserve Lands.

National Scenic Byway designation provides towns along the byways with a greater voice in deciding what changes, if any, will be permitted in the corridor. Towns wishing to manage growth, tourism, traffic and changes in the design of the road not only have a greater voice in decisions, but also have the opportunity to pursue federal support to these ends. Rest areas, scenic turnouts, bicycle lanes, transit services and educational facilities are all potential projects with national byway support. Towns also have the opportunity to form partnerships with local business leaders, conservation groups, historical societies, schools and others to coordinate local resources for the future of the community.

Additional information about the byway can be obtained from Jim Fisher at the Hancock County Planning Commission, 395 State Street, Ellsworth Maine (207) 667-7131 or fisher@acadia.net. Information can also be found at www.acadia.net/hcpc in the transportation section and www.byways.org.