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#804692 - 05/08/08 08:51 PM Scenic byway plans moving along
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Scenic byway plans moving along

Organizers of an effort to have an 18-mile stretch of Route 414 from Watkins Glen to Lodi designated as a scenic byway say they are on track with the project.

On June 12, the board of Seneca Lake Scenic Byway Inc. will greet the public and area business owners from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Valois-Hector-Logan Fire Hall to give a progress report and answer questions.

About five years ago, the West Hector Community Association first explored the possibility of having a portion of the highway - which winds along the eastern side of Seneca Lake - declared a byway in order to increase economic development in Schuyler County. Recently, a non-profit corporation was formed specifically for advancing the scenic route in northern Schuyler and southern Seneca Counties.

The purpose of the byway is to protect the economic and aesthetic interests of residents; enhance business enterprises such as agriculture, wineries, bed-and-breakfasts, inns, restaurants and recreation facilities; improve the safety of roadway access by autos, bicycles and pedestrians; and provide incentive for better highway maintenance, as well as state and federal grant funding.

Director Chris Kimball-Peterson said the ultimate goal is for the byway to encircle Seneca Lake, but for now, taking small steps in just two communities is the approach. The entire distance around Cayuga Lake has been marked as a scenic byway for two years.

Original committee members Bruce Adams, Vicky Kelly and George Kellogg of Hector have been joined by former Seneca County Attorney Steven Getman of Interlaken and former Lodi Town Supervisor Barry O'Neill, who is chair of the group.

Although not required, there are plans for the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway to have at least two pull-off points with small kiosks, where travelers can safely park to enjoy the view, look at a map and pick up information about area businesses, historic attractions and upcoming events.

At the June meeting, state Department of Transportation representatives will outline the nomination process for a scenic byway declaration and address the needs of residents and business owners, some of whom mistakenly fear that the byway designation would bring restrictions on private property use and increased regulation of signage.

A reduction of the speed limit in the targeted distance is favored by most area residents and business owners, said Kimball-Peterson. The speed limit on a state highway is set by the DOT, not municipalities.

On April 8, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors issued a resolution to back the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway project.

Now, organizers are seeking support letters from residents in the communities of Hector and Lodi. Those will be added to a nomination package to be sent to the DOT's Schenectady office for its approval. The request for byway designation would require passage by both houses of New York's Legislature before proceeding to the governor's office. That could take place in 2009, said Kimball-Peterson.

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Scenic byway plans moving along
By PAULETTE LIKOUDIS/Finger Lakes Times
Thursday, May 8, 2008 11:55 AM CDT

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#831940 - 06/25/08 09:42 AM Re: Scenic byway plans moving along [Re: newsman38]
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Communities back scenic byway plan

To get caught up to date on byway developments, Chris Kimball-Peterson, a director of the nonprofit Seneca Byway Inc., said her team will be at the Lodi fire station on Route 414 for an informational meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. July 16.

Additional supporting resolutions would be welcome that night as would a large number of people with questions, ideas and suggestions.

And don't just think Route 414, Kimball-Peterson said. Just as involved are those business people and residents on highways and roadways tying into Route 414.

And look one day, Seneca Byway Inc. officials say, for the scenic byway to encircle Seneca Lake.

Right now, the 18 miles of highway between Lodi and Watkins Glen are "the lead" in what is expected one day to become a Seneca Lake Scenic Byway. The nearest byway at this time encircles Cayuga Lake.

Seneca Byway Inc. officials say their concern right now is getting the state to approve the 18-mile segment from Lodi to Watkins Glen. Other sectors would come later on.

And what does byway designation mean?

Pauline E. Burnes, an environmental specialist with the state Department of Transportation's Region 3 landscape/environmental unit, predicted a much wider recognition of the scenic, recreational and historic assets of the Route 414 corridor.

The area's "natural beauty" would be preserved and highlighted to enhance the area's appeal to tourists and thus brighten the economic picture.

At the same time, Burnes said, byway designation would improve access to state and federal grants with local communities deciding for themselves how the dollars would be spent.

In addition, she said, there would be no state or federal mandates.

Communities could expect their zoning regulations, signage and speed limits to be matters of local control and would enact their own rules and regulations.

"The scenic byway designation," a Seneca Byway Inc. booklet notes, "merely increases incentives and options to enhance our communities."

It's an effort dating back five years to the Schuyler County Comprehensive Plan and the West Hector Community Association.

Neil Chaffie • June 22, 2008
Copyright © 2008 Star-Gazette.

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#1050359 - 07/13/09 11:19 AM Re: Scenic byway plans moving along [Re: newsman38]
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Aesthetic affirmation may be in sight for Route 414

HECTOR - People working on the nomination packet proposing a scenic byway designation for a 19-mile sector of state Route 414 are hoping their goal is in sight.

The nomination packet, all 190 pages compiled over a period of nearly seven years, was forwarded to state Department of Transportation officials in Hornell in February for their consideration.

If the packet gets the green light, it will go to the state's Scenic Byway Advisory Committee for further consideration, possibly in September. Next in line, unless changes are recommended, is the state Legislature and finally the governor.

Scenic highways are those with unusual scenic, recreational, cultural or historic significance that are managed to encourage economic development through tourism and recreation.

There are more than 2,600 miles of scenic highways in New York state.

The section they are working on runs from Lodi in Seneca County south to Watkins Glen in Schuyler County.

Heading the local byway committee is chairman Barry O'Neill of Lodi.

Kimball-Peterson of Hector is treasurer. Victoria Kelly, also of Hector, is secretary. A board of directors consist of Bruce Adams and George Kellogg, both of Hector, and attorney Steven Getman of Interlaken.

Copyright © 2009 The Ithaca Journal.
July 13, 2009

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#1239905 - 12/14/10 06:55 PM Re: Scenic byway plans moving along [Re: newsman38]
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Schuyler hears about Scenic Byway

SCHUYLER COUNTY—George Kellogg of Hector, director of Seneca Lake Byway Inc., attended the December meeting of the Schuyler County Legislature Dec. 13 to make the announcement that the New York State Scenic Byways advisory board unanimously recommended the designation of the “Seneca Lake Scenic Byway” as a New York State Scenic Byway.

The Seneca Lake Byway Inc., a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization has been working for more than five years to succeed in making an 18.8 mile stretch of Route 414 connecting the towns of Hector and Lodi a scenic byway.

Their purpose for creating this area as a scenic byway was to “1) Protect the economic and aesthetic interests of the residents of both Hector & Lodi; 2) Enhance business enterprise, e.g. agriculture, winery, Bed & Breakfasts, restaurants and recreation; 3) Improve the safety of roadway/byway access for autos, bicycles and walkers; and 4) Provide incentive for more timely highway maintenance, as well as State and Federal grants within the Towns.”

In January draft legislation will be developed and attached to a Department of Transportation budget bill and be presented to lawmakers for passage.

Copyright © 2010 FINGER LAKES MEDIA. All rights reserved.

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#1239918 - 12/14/10 08:01 PM Re: Scenic byway plans moving along [Re: newsman38]
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Originally Posted By: newsman38
Schuyler hears about Scenic Byway

SCHUYLER COUNTY—George Kellogg of Hector, director of Seneca Lake Byway Inc., attended the December meeting of the Schuyler County Legislature Dec. 13 to make the announcement that the New York State Scenic Byways advisory board unanimously recommended the designation of the “Seneca Lake Scenic Byway” as a New York State Scenic Byway.

The Seneca Lake Byway Inc., a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization has been working for more than five years to succeed in making an 18.8 mile stretch of Route 414 connecting the towns of Hector and Lodi a scenic byway.

Their purpose for creating this area as a scenic byway was to “1) Protect the economic and aesthetic interests of the residents of both Hector & Lodi; 2) Enhance business enterprise, e.g. agriculture, winery, Bed & Breakfasts, restaurants and recreation; 3) Improve the safety of roadway/byway access for autos, bicycles and walkers; and 4) Provide incentive for more timely highway maintenance, as well as State and Federal grants within the Towns.”

In January draft legislation will be developed and attached to a Department of Transportation budget bill and be presented to lawmakers for passage.

Copyright © 2010 FINGER LAKES MEDIA. All rights reserved.


FYI the Scenic Byway hasn't done much for Seneca or Cayuga County. For all or its hype the trash trucks still go up both Routes 89 and 90, which are designated "Scenic Byways" with impunity.

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#1356986 - 08/02/12 10:59 PM Scenic byway approved [Re: Here's Johnny]
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Seneca Scenic Byway designation signed into law

Legislation to designate an 18-mile corridor along portions of state Route 414 between Schuyler and Seneca counties has been signed into law.

The announcement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing the law was made in a joint news release Wednesday by the bill’s sponsors, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, and State Senators Tom O’Mara, R Big Flats, and Mike Nozzolio, R-Seneca Falls. It was also cosponsored by Assemblymen Phil Palmesano, R- Corning, and Chris Friend, R-Big Flats.

The designation, between the Town of Hector and Town of Lodi, will strengthen tourism and provide job development, supporters say.

2:33 PM, Aug. 2, 2012

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#1357201 - 08/04/12 04:40 PM Re: Scenic byway approved [Re: newsman38]
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And will we have another 45 mph zone? Before long we will have the whole state down to 45 mph.The roads were there before all the houses. Why fight for the lower limits as you bought or built knowing what limits were there before hand. 414 south out of S.F was dropped from 40 to 30 for no reason at all, except to make a speed trap for the police. River road from S.F. to the Waterfalls bridge was lowered from 55 to 45 for no reason. The 40 mph limit on 96 north was moved from Sesslers to a point west of there- no reason. 96 south of Waterloo-45 till you reach County House rd, why, to many houses?

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#1357260 - 08/05/12 09:22 AM Re: Scenic byway approved [Re: Spanky]
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It's not because of the people who live on that stretch of road, as much as it's for the safety of the people who travel that road. I don't know if you've made the drive from Lodi south on Route 414 recently but the winery traffic has made it a challenge, particularly on the weekends. I can't tell you how many times I've had people stop short in front of me because they've almost missed the winery that they had intended to stop at. If you're a local and you don't want to be inconvenienced by the lower speed limit there are other routes to take. I don't know what other protections the designation may provide to that area, but the lower speed limit is enough for me to be all for it.
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#1357278 - 08/05/12 10:47 AM Re: Scenic byway approved [Re: Forest Girl]
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I readily agree with Spanky about the speed reductions especially the one in Seneca Falls, I go thru. there once a week on the way to the FLNF and find the extended 30 mph zone to be irritating.

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#1357291 - 08/05/12 12:13 PM Re: Scenic byway approved [Re: fingerlakeshiker]
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Originally Posted By: fingerlakeshiker
I readily agree with Spanky about the speed reductions especially the one in Seneca Falls, I go thru. there once a week on the way to the FLNF and find the extended 30 mph zone to be irritating.


The speed limits in Seneca Falls are of little consequence to me, and they have nothing to do with the topic of this thread. I do however travel the route that IS the topic of this thread on a regular basis. I'd rather see people slightly inconvenienced by having to drive a bit slower than have someone get killed.
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#1357309 - 08/05/12 03:34 PM Re: Scenic byway approved [Re: Spanky]
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I don't live in that area, but I can say that stretch is already much improved from when I was a teenager tromping around the lakes and gorges. After living in the South for 25 years, I came back home to find Lodi a much different town than what I grew up around. I know some fine people that live in that and surrounding areas, and they have a right to be proud of it. I can't think why this scenic designation would do anything but promote further enhancement, unless it truly does put more of a burden on businesses. Not so sure 45 mph is necessary, but making travelers aware of the tourist traffic is a good idea.

Hi, Forest Girl, haven't seen you much lately!
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#1357360 - 08/06/12 09:11 AM Re: Scenic byway approved [Re: Kitty]
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Hi, Forest Girl, haven't seen you much lately!


Hi Kitty! I lurk, but I rarely have much to add these days.

The scenic byway is a great step ahead for us. Sure, the speed limit is a pain in the butt...but it is needed. We avoid 414 on the weekends altogether, unless it's absolutely necessary. The volume of traffic is truly amazing, but it's a good thing! Now, if we can just get municipal water in the village perhaps we can get some businesses going to entice all of those people to stop and spend some of their money!
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#1366254 - 09/28/12 02:44 PM Re: Scenic byway approved [Re: Forest Girl]
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Seneca Lake Scenic Byway dedicated

A 10-year effort culminated Wednesday with a dedication and ribbon-cutting for the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway.

The scenic byway runs 18 miles along the east shore of Seneca Lake. It starts at the intersection of Route 414 and Townline Road in the village of Lodi and runs south along Route 414 to the border of the towns of Hector and Dix on the edge of the village of Watkins Glen in Schuyler County.

State lawmakers approved the designation in June, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill in August. It is the state’s 24th official scenic byway.

This stretch of Route 414 offers expansive views of the lake, waterfalls, gorges, the 16,000-acre Finger Lakes National Forest, vineyards, fruit orchards, wineries, breweries, distilleries, arts and crafts shops, farm stands, restaurants and Native American and Revolutionary War historic sites.

By definition, a scenic byway is “representative of a region’s scenic, recreational, cultural, natural, historic or archeological significance.’’
The idea of a scenic byway designation began 10 years ago at a community meeting at the Hector Fire Hall. About 300 people attended to talk about ways to increase tourist visitation along the wine trail.

A committee was formed to prepare the 200-page nomination document for designation by the state Department of Transportation’s Executive Advisory Committee.

With the official designation, a new board of directors will be created to design signs that will be built and installed by the DOT and to come up with a list of possible enhancements, such as information kiosks.

Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 10:30 am
By DAVID L. SHAW dshaw@fltimes.com | 0 comments

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#1366573 - 09/29/12 11:10 PM Re: Scenic byway approved [Re: newsman38]
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Sesslers to a point west of there- no reason. 96 south of Waterloo-45 till you reach County House rd, why, to many houses?


Wrong wrong My friends lost a child while she was crossing 96 to get on her bus. Tha's when and why it was lowered.
State politicians only act on issues after a person is killed
usualy 4/5 before they get off their big fat butts to do so unless it was one of their children
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