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2009 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Excellence in America's Byways: Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Byway

Agencies Awarded

Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) – District 1

North Shore Scenic Drive Council

University of Minnesota – Center for Changing Landscapes

Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Byway strategic master planning process enhances the ecological and cultural sustainability of the North Shore. Planning and maintaining the 154-mile North Shore Scenic Byway requires the integration of varying landscapes, national and State forests and parks, towns, communities, and harbors. To ensure that the byway responds to local needs, the North Shore Scenic Drive Council consults with a broad range of stakeholders and public agencies, then updates the Long-Range Strategic Plan every three years. This plan integrates infrastructure with the surrounding landscape by balancing needs for mobility and safety with environmental, community, cultural, and scenic objectives. Examples of the Council's commitment to the improvement of the byway include the implementation of trafficcalming measures within town centers, the replacement of unsafe highway sections, and the construction of bridges that incorporate bicycle and pedestrian paths. The partner agencies' creative efforts ensure that the byway allows all of its users to experience the unique scenic and cultural features of Minnesota's North Shore.

Project Contributors:

Mn/DOT – District 1
Mike Robinson
North Shore Scenic Drive Council
Dan Roth
University of Minnesota– Center for Changing Landscapes
Mary Vogel

Two photos: a bridge incorporating a scenic bike path and an aerial shot of a road on a coastline.

Updated: 10/25/2012
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