Dougherty County Commissioners during Monday's meeting in the Government Center in downtown Albany
Rashelle Beasley, CVB Manager
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Georgia could soon be getting it's first scenic byway, which Dougherty County
leaders hope will promote tourism.
Monday, Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to
designate the Historic Dixie Highway a scenic route. Dougherty County is
ready to join its neighbors in turn a now seldom traveled highway into an
economic development engine.
"So this is also
a great opportunity to partner regionally to see what else we can do together
to bring tourism off I-75 and onto the scenic byway," said Rashelle
Beasley, CVB Manager.
The route will begin
at the Bridge house and run South to Oglethorpe Boulevard and East to Radium
Springs road. From there, it will run
along historic route three to Thomasville.
byway and highway is gonne be very, very specific because it goes right by
Radium Springs, which is the 7th wonder of Georgia," said Chairman Jeff
Sinyard, Dougherty County Board of Commissioners.
Peanut and cotton
field could teach visitors about the growing commodities in the region.
"We hope that
we'll be able to get the farmers involved.
So if they do see some people stopping along the Dixie Highway, they'll
know there are tourists in town. They'll
be able to stop and hopefully get off their tractors and explain how the crops
are grown," Beasley said.
leaders say showcasing some of the resources in the southwest part of the state
will actually spur some business.
"We live in a
beautiful part of the county and so many people haven't seen it. And whether you're from Atlanta, or you're
from Ohio, or you're from up North close to Canada, to come down this
particular route like they did in the 20s and 30s and the 40s is pretty cool
and pretty significant," said Sinyard.
And property values
along the route could also get a boost.
"It's more for
the beauty and taking you back to a time.
I don't see it being an economic engine in terms of building buildings
on the road. I see it as part of a
bigger plan that will enhance more people traveling," Sinyard Said.
So next time you're
headed to the interstate, think about taking the scenic route instead.
Convention and Visitors Bureau Manager said there are still many steps involved
in getting the scenic highway listed on state maps. But they're hoping to have it officially
designated within the next year or two.