National scenic designation sought for Route 5

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Associated Press

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 7:16 AM

RICHMOND (AP) - State and local groups are working to have one of Virginia's oldest roads designated as a national scenic byway.  

Virginia Route 5 runs between Williamsburg and Richmond. It passes five historic James River plantations and portions of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. The route was designated as a Virginia Byway in 1975.

Scenic Virginia executive director Leighton Powell tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that supporters of the designation want to offer counties along the route an option to maintain and market the road's scenic value.

Scenic Virginia is one of 16 local and state groups that comprise the Route 5 Coalition.

Powell says the coalition isn't against development. He says the coalition wants development that maintains the route's rural character.

You can get a free map of scenic roads in Virginia from the Va. Dept. of Transportation.

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