AMES-The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway, Iowa's longest scenic or historic byway, recently completed its Corridor Management Plan (CMP).
The CMP is a long-term plan for the entire byway, which stretches from Clinton to Council Bluffs. The plan identifies future opportunities to work with communities, highlights local attractions, and develops ideas for bringing more travelers to Lincoln Highway towns. It will also be a key document when striving for national recognition for the byway.
"The CMP is a vital part of growth for the byway," says Jan Gammon, Corridor Management Plan Project and Byway Coordinator. "This project included conducting research, gaining public input, and developing a plan that highlights the assets and opportunities along the Lincoln Highway in all of its Iowa communities."
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway planning meeting held in the Tama County Courthouse Magistrate’s Courtroom on Aug. 30, 2016, brought out a number of people with comments and suggestions including (l-r) Judy and Richard Dunsmoor, Mary Fasse-Shaw and Colleen Davis. -News-Herald file
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway is one of eleven byways in the Iowa Department of Transportation's Iowa Byways program. It represents Iowa's portion of the original Lincoln Highway, the country's first coast-to-coast improved automobile highway. The byway works with local communities, businesses and attractions, and residents to promote the Lincoln Highway to travelers, encourage historic preservation, and educate about Iowa's history.
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Corridor Management Plan can be found on the Prairie Rivers of Iowa website: www.prrcd.org/lincoln-highway-heritage-byway/corridor-management-plan/.
About the Lincoln Highway and Prairie Rivers of Iowa
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway is Iowa's longest byway, or state-designated scenic or heritage roadway. Spanning 460 miles from Clinton to Council Bluffs, the byway reflects Iowa's portion of the historic Lincoln Highway, the first coast-to-coast improved highway in the United States. Established in 1913, the Lincoln Highway was one of the most significant roads for early automobile travelers and demonstrated the effectiveness of high-quality, well-maintained roads for moving people, products, and commerce nationwide. The byway is managed by Prairie Rivers of Iowa, an Ames-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to strengthening Iowa's communities and small businesses through the responsible stewardship of our natural resources. Learn more at www.prrcd.org/cmp.