Route 97 is classified as a major collector from Orange County to Route 52 and a minor arterial from Route 52 to its terminus at Route 17. In the city of Port Jervis, Route 6 or East Main Street is considered a connector road. The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway is on the following roads:
Orange County - The byway begins in the City of Port Jervis near the I-84 exit ramp at the southeastern city boundary on Route 6 (East Main Street) to the Sullivan County line for 6.8 miles
Sullivan County - Route 97 from the Orange County line to Delaware County line for 49.30 miles*(See note below)
Delaware County - Route 97 from the Sullivan County line through the Village of Hancock and under Route17 to the entrance ramp to the north of Route 17 for 15.25 miles
Governor George Pataki officially designated the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway as a component of the New York State Scenic Byways System on August 6, 2002. The legislation´s approval came after a grassroots process which began in February 2000 when individuals representing communities along Route 97 formed a committee in partnership with non-profit organizations and governmental agencies in the Upper Delaware River Valley to work on an application to the state. Funding was obtained to hire professional consultants to help draft the Enhancement Concept presented to the New York State Scenic Byways Advisory Board. Copies of that plan outlining goals and objectives are available.
The vision of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway is to “highlight what is already an exceptional feature of the region´s appeal to residents and visitors alike — the highway itself. The most significant and attractive aspects of the byway will continue to be its spectacular highway vistas, access to the Delaware River and its resources, and the uniqueness of the communities along the byway.”
It is important to note that the final approved byway plan included two
phases. The first phase begins in Port Jervis and ends at the Town of Fremont
line. The byway then picks up again in the Village of Hancock.
This phased approach was meant to allow the Town of Hancock and the Town of Fremont to continue discussions as to whether they wanted to be included in the scenic byway. If either town chooses to become part of the byway it will be able to join when it wishes. If either town chooses to not be included in the scenic byway then it will be excluded and will not have the byway forced upon them.
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