Route 169 Corridor Management Plan Update

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Scenic Route 169 Advisory Committee

Delia Fey, Woodstock                         Jules D’Agostino, Brooklyn

Sarah Heminway, Pomfret                  John Baldwin, Canterbury

Martha Emilio, Pomfret                       Kenneth Mahler, Lisbon

Rick Ives, Brooklyn                             Jason Vincent, Norwich

Jill Fritzsche, Canterbury                    Rosemary Scrivens, Southbridge

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Route 169:

Also known as the Norwich and Worcester Turnpike, Route 169 was a valuable artery linking the Worcester, Massachusetts urban area with points south, including shipping ports in southeastern Connecticut. Today, Route 169 is used less for interstate commerce, and more as a means of local travel in a region still holding onto its history and scenic beauty.

The national significance of Route 169 rests primarily in its intimate scenic character and historic features and points of interest. Stone walls, mature trees, colonial village centers, industrial-era mill villages, farmsteads, and consistent patterns of land use over time, allow the traveler to sample the landscape and culture of southern New England.

National Scenic Byways:

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) administers the National Scenic Byway Program (NSBP), originally established by Congress as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). Congress recognizes National Scenic Byways as embodying one or more of the following intrinsic qualities: archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic. The NSBP provides discretionary grants for promoting safety, tourism, and economic growth along byways and in their corridors.

The Updated Corridor Management Plan will:

  • Consider the option of extending the length of the designated Scenic Byway portion of Route 169 south, toward Norwich, or north, into Massachusetts.
  • Rely on input from the general public and diverse stakeholders.
  • Identify scenic, historic, cultural, recreational, natural, and archaeological resources in the Route 169 corridor, and establish goals and objectives for their proper management.
  • Establish guidelines for branding and marketing, safety improvements, land use, tourism, and signage and wayfinding.