179 committee learns about Scenic Drive designation

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) State Route (SR) 179 Project Team will facilitate an informational meeting for community members interested in serving on a citizen-based action team for the "Corridor Management Plan" (CMP) for the SR 179 state-designated scenic road on Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road at SR 179.

The SR 179 Corridor Management Plan, or CMP, is a community-based document that outlines the vision for management of the state-designated "Red Rock Scenic Road," which extends 7.5 miles from Milepost 302.5 (Dry Beaver Creek) to Milepost 310.0 (Back-O-Beyond Road) and is being prepared in conjunction with the SR 179 improvement process. The CMP is the next step toward National Scenic Byway designation.

Jennifer Livingston, P.E., ADOT state project manager, said the citizen-based action team implements the vision outlined in the CMP and actually completes the National Scenic Byway application. Several community members have already begun to gather to collaborate on the effort.

Kathie Knapp, ADOT state scenic roads coordinator, added, "We currently have one National Scenic Byway in Arizona, the Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway and three that are due to be nominated in the upcoming nomination round. Already we have had expressed community interest in National Scenic Byway Nomination for the Red Rock Scenic Road."

Nominations for national designation occur on a two-year cycle and completion of the SR 179 CMP allows for possible nomination now, or in the future once improvements are constructed by ADOT.

For more information, please call the SR 179 project office at (928) 284-2503 or go to the project Web site at www.scenic179.com.

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