Having a hard time finding any "scenic byways" that are closed to cars with the exception of weather.......anyone else finding them? I just started to look but I am curious how you close a scenic byway.....
National Scenic Byway. A National Scenic Byway is a ROAD recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for one of the six "intrinsic qualities": archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and/or scenic.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Scenic_Bywayhttp://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/scenic_byways/grants/http://www.modot.org/scenicbyways/documents/2010_SBGuide.pdf
So I get that accordingly the plan states that in title 7 division 10 chapter 12 section 226.797 (3) If the commission designates a road or highway under its jurisdiction as a scenic byway, it may implement protective measures to preserve and protect the designated road which may include but shall not be limited to: (A) Acquisition of scenic easements; (B) Controlled access; and (C) Landscaping.
So if I am reading this correctly for the road you may be able to do this, but the problem isn't along the road, the problem is along the banks of the park, and not part of the scenic byway. The Scenic BYWAY is only the ROAD.
IN all honesty when reading and reviewing this document there are many items that clearly indicate this is a designation to be DRIVEN on. The membership committee (Scenic Byways Advisory Committee-SBAC) is made up of: MO div of tourism, MO Dept Conservation, Mo Dept of Natural Resources (all can claim that this is ok so far then....) Outdoor Advertising Industry, MO Highways and Transportation Dept, and the American Automobile Association, (all car things huh?) and then University of Mo Historic Preservation, and finally Scenic MO Inc.
Since this is a drastic change in the plan by the attempt to remove traffic of cars on the road, has a revision of the plan been sent to the SBAC on this issue?
I really feel as though this is a fast ram rod approach to a painful situation. I get all the crap that happens is irritating, for crying out loud I have been out there for 15 years working on it. I just can't in good conscience knowing that the work that we have done in the past with the agencies involved, knowing what needs to be done to think that closing the gates at Cliff Drive is the answer. It isn't.