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Dougherty County may get scenic bypass to spark tourism

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Rashelle Beasley, CVB Manager, speaking with Dougherty County Commissioners during Monday's meeting at the Government Center in downtown Albany Rashelle Beasley, CVB Manager, speaking with Dougherty County Commissioners during Monday's meeting at the Government Center in downtown Albany
Rashelle Beasley, CVB Manager Rashelle Beasley, CVB Manager

Dougherty County leaders say southwest Georgia's first scenic byway will promote tourism and may spark economic growth.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau presented the plan to county commissioners Monday, which designates Old Highway Three from Albany to Thomasville as a scenic byway. 

The Old Dixie Highway was built in 1915 to connect Northern urban areas with Southern rural areas but became less traveled when interstates and other highways were built.  Supporters hope promoting the highway will attract sightseers.

"We have a lot of travelers that come from the Canada area, Michigan...and they're very interested in the way that the South and our agriculture and all of the southern things that we have to offer here," said Rashelle Beasley, CVB Manager.

Beasley said the route would take visitors alongside pecan orchards and peanut and cotton fields.  She said they'll send out informational mailers to residents and businesses along the route. 

Commissioners will vote on a resolution next Monday.

 

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