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RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE EXTENSION AND DESIGNATION OF THE NORTH SHORE SCENIC BYWAY FROM BRIGHTON BEACH TO CANAL PARK.

BY PRESIDENT GILBERT:

WHEREAS, the North Shore Scenic Drive has been officially designated between Brighton Beach and Two Harbors as a part of the state and national scenic byway system; and

WHEREAS, the entire route between Duluth and Grand Portage near the Canadian border has recently been designated as an All-American Road, the highest scenic byway recognition in the nation; and

WHEREAS, the federal highway administration has suggested that the designation of this byway be extended westerly into the city of Duluth; and

WHEREAS, the North Shore scenic committee has endorsed the proposed extension of the byway designation from Brighton Beach to Canal Park; and

WHEREAS, such designation opens the door for potential future outside funding sources for improvements to the route; and

WHEREAS, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission is administering the program and the Duluth Convention and Visitors Bureau is assisting with the marketing.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth supports the extension of the North Shore Scenic Byway designation from Brighton Beach to the Canal Park area via London Road, Superior Street, Lake Avenue/Canal Park Drive to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maritime Museum adjacent the Aerial Lift Bridge.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth endorses a single designation for the route between Duluth and the Canadian border to reduce confusion to the traveling public.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution provides the city of Duluth support for the extension of the North Shore Scenic Byway into the developed portion of the city and provides a starting point of the route with a nationally known landmark, the Aerial Lift Bridge. This proposal is supported by the North Shore scenic byway committee, which is composed of representatives of all the political units along the North Shore. The All-American designation makes it particularly significant in that there is only a limited number of such routes designated nationally and these are the country's showcase roadways. This distinguished recognition brings with it potential financial benefits for making improvements to the physical facilities in the future as plans are developed and specific projects selected for implementation. This resolution fits very nicely with the tourism promotion being done locally, by the state and now the federal level.