MARGARETVILLE – The effort to have 65 miles of State Route 28 declared the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway is moving forward.
The Scenic Byways Advisory Board has approved it and now it moves to the Assembly and Senate, which must approve the designation, said Carol O’Beirne, executive director of the Central Catskill Chamber of Commerce, which is serving as business manager for the designation project.
“With that resolution we need to go to the New York State Legislation in order to get a resolution approved by the entire legislature, which would make the Scenic Byway part of the state law,” O’Beirne said.
Town of Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly said raising the visibility of the Route 28 corridor as the primary route through the Central Catskills “will bring more attention and visitors to historic sites, cultural events, trails and waterways, to our incredible scenic vistas, and, of course, to our inns, restaurants and businesses.”
Once the legislation is approved, the Byway will be eligible to apply for federal grants for signage and other projects.