Connecticut River Byway
The Connecticut River National Scenic Byway runs on the Vermont and New Hampshire side of the Connecticut River from Massachusetts to the Canadian border. In southern Windsor County it follows U.S. Route 5, running through Springfield, Weathersfield and Windsor, with spurs on VT Routes 44 and 44A to Brownsville and VT Route 11 to downtown Springfield. SWCRPC has been involved with the Byway since before its designation in 1998. SWCRPC is currently coordinating an effort to create travel itineraries along the Connecticut River Byway in Vermont and New Hampshire from Brattleboro to Colebrook.
Connecticut River Byway Itineraries Project
From 2011 to 2015 SWCRPC coordinated an effort to create travel itineraries along the Connecticut River Byway in Vermont and New Hampshire from the Massachusetts border to the Quebec border. The project was completed in early 2015 and includes:
- 8 travel itineraries for people in cars/ on motorcycles
- 3 travel itineraries for people on bicyclists
- 1 travel itinerary for people in a kayak/ canoe
- profiles on 100 historic sites along the Byway
Information about these itineraries and sites are available in:
- Printed brochure – “Connecticut River Byway Travel Guide” – available at Welcome Centers along the Byway and in other nearby places, as well as online to download
- Website with full profiles about the itineraries, 100 historic sites, and more! – www.ctriverbyway.org
- Interactive online map of the travel itineraries and historic sites – http://ctriverbyways.org/interactive-map-and-travel-guide
For more information about how the project came to fruition, see this presentation.
Scenic Route 100 Byway
SWCRPC is also involved with a Vermont Byway along Route 100 in the region. The Scenic Route 100 Byway was originally designated on April 20, 2011 as the 8th Vermont Byway and was officially extended on April 18, 2013. It is now Vermont’s second largest Byway at 138 miles, behind the Connecticut River Byway, crisscrossing along the spine of the Green Mountain from the Mad River Byway to the Massachusetts’s border.
The Byway includes Route 100 and small sections of 100A and 103 through the towns of Granville, Hancock, Rochester, Stockbridge, Pittsfield, Killington, Bridgewater, Plymouth, Ludlow, Andover, Cavendish, Weston, Londonderry, Jamaica, Wardsboro, Stratton, Dover, Wilmington, Whitingham and Stamford.
The Byway Committee, which includes representatives of towns, business, chambers of commerce and RPC’s from along Route 100, is now re-organizing to add the new towns and will be starting on several new projects soon.
In 2015 it is hoped that Readsboro will join the Byway – with public hearings anticipated in spring/ early summer.
If anyone would like more information or is interested in joining the Byway Committee, please contact Katharine, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some documents relating to the Scenic Route 100 Byway:
- 2013 Scenic Route 100 Byway CMP Update (Revised final version complete submitted 03/08/2013 and approved on 4/18/2013) (10Mb). Draft 2015 update is available here.
- Scenic Route 100 Byway Bylaws (2012) – to be amended soon
Some maps of the expanded Byway:
- Map of Scenic Route 100 Byway (2/26/2013) (5.5Mb)
- Scenic Route 100 Byway expansion in relation to existing Vermont Byways (2/26/2013) (5Mb)
- Basic Map with villages – Northern and Southern Section Maps
- Natural resources – Northern and Southern Section Maps
- Recreational resources – Northern and Southern Section Maps
- Historic, cultural and archaeological resources – Northern and Southern Section Maps
Southern Windsor County also has a state scenic highway – Route 131 in Cavendish – which means that any construction or maintenance work on that section of road must be consistent with the standards established by VTrans pursuant to 10 VSA §425.
For more information on scenic byways and roads contact Katharine, email@example.com.