September 23, 2005

Idaho Congressional Delegation Pleased With Scenic Byways Designation

Four Idaho roads included in byway designations

Washington, DC â??Four scenic byways in Idaho may see increased travel and tourism following the U.S. Department of Transportationâ??s announcing them as approved national byways, said Idahoâ??s Congressional delegation Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter. The delegation sent a letter in support of the designation of two roads as National Scenic Byways and two roads as All-American Roads. The letter supported a successful effort by Idahoans to have the roads given these unique designations. The two roads designated as National Scenic Byways are the Pioneer Historic Byway in southern Idaho near Franklin and the Western Heritage Historic Byway near the Snake River Canyon. The two All-American Roads are the International Selkirk Loop in the Selkirk Mountains and the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway near the Clearwater River.â??These drives are some of the most beautiful and spectacular drives in the West for national and international travelers,â?? Idahoâ??s Congressional delegation said. â??They have resulted in tangible gains in community tourism and economic benefits, as well as improvements to scenic and recreational resources along the route. We are proud of Idahoâ??s beauty and are pleased these routes are now nationally recognized byways.â??