Planning began a decade ago to earn special recognition for one of the most scenic roads in New York State and ten years later, Route 414 in Schuyler County is now officially a scenic byway. YNN's Katie Husband tells us what the new status means and what impact it could have on the area.
HECTOR, N.Y. -- A long-awaited celebration was finally held with the official ribbon cutting of the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway.
"That extends from just outside of Watkins Glen up to the Lodi/Ovid town line," said Barry O'Neill, chairman of Seneca Lake Scenic Byway.
The designated 18 mile stretch of Route 414 has been in the planning process for ten years and celebrating the finished product is a great feeling for those involved.
"It feels wonderful. I've worked with unbelievable, fantastic people. We never had a disagreement, we just sat there and we put it together," said O'Neill.
And now that everyone has gathered to celebrate, local officials are excited to see how the new byway will spike Schuyler County's tourism industry.
"Having a designation that we can promote and advertise to folks coming in nationally and internationally is a really great thing for our community," said Rebekah Lamoreaux, president of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.
And when those tourists take a scenic drive through the Finger Lakes region, they can see for themselves what the community enjoys on a daily basis.
"Allow the tourists to see the beautiful things that we see when we're driving down the road," said Lamoreaux.
Drivers taking the scenic route can pick up some useful information along the way.
"And we want to have information for the people to read and feel comfortable that they know where they're going, and it will also help traffic," said O'Neill.
For those traveling along Seneca Lake, you are now officially invited to take the scenic route.