April 10, 2013 Edition

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Hwy. 90 receives
scenic designation

A stretch of highway in Lawrence and Randolph counties has been designated by the Arkansas legislature as a scenic highway thanks to a bill sponsored by State Sen. Robert Thompson.

Bill Carroll with the Randolph County Tourism Association said the legislation affects Highway 90 from Highway 67 in downtown Pocahontas to Ravenden, as well as a spur of Highway 93 from Highway 90 to Dalton.

Thompson said the bill has passed the legislature and is now Act 714 of 2013.

"The next step will be to have this stretch of road designated as a 'scenic byway' by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department," he said.

Thompson said after AHTD makes the designation, it will appear on official maps and signage will be placed.

Carroll said the designation will make the alternative, scenic route more apparent to travelers.

"In addition to the scenic Eleven Point Valley, travelers will be able to view several important historic sites such as the Pocahontas National Historic District and the 1827 Rice House, south of Dalton," he said.

The new scenic route will pass through Pocahontas, Dalton, Ravenden Springs and Ravenden.

Sen. Thompson said he was proud to have sponsored Act 714.

"This legislation was the first step in a process to promote tourism along Highway 90 by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the Department of Tourism," he said. "I am also grateful for the help of Senator David Wyatt, and Representatives Scott Baltz, James Ratliff and Joe Jett, who served as co-sponsors of Act 714.

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