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New byway designation from Palenville to Hunter

Jun 23, 2013 12:03 am
Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie) is crowing that legislation he sponsored, Assembly Bill 7682, to create the Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway from Hunter to Palenville, passed the Assembly and Senate, and now waits for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature. “The Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway will highlight the natural beauty and rich history of the Northern Catskills and invite people from across the state and nation to experience what the region has to offer,” said Assemblyman Lopez. “This designation will help strengthen economic viability in our small rural towns, bringing tourism and outdoor recreation, and supporting our shops, eateries and other businesses. The entire mountaintop community will benefit from this initiative.” The Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway will be a 41-mile route from Palenville to Hunter, along Route 214, with secondary loops to the Kaaterskill, Stony and Platte Cloves. Lopez's press release says, "The corridor management plan includes stewardship projects as well as improvement projects to the existing roadways, such as State Routes 23A, 214, Platte Clove Road, Greene County Routes 25, 23C, 18 and 16. These projects include adding turnouts, parking and viewing areas, picnic areas, and hiking trail access. The plan includes formulating an area-wide bicycle and pedestrian master plan as well as installation of interpretive displays to help visitors learn more about the history and environment of the Catskills."