Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Keys Highway is All American Road

The Overseas Highway is now an All-American Road and the only one in Florida (we knew that)!

The designation was announced recently by the U.S. Transportation Secretary and a plaque was presented during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

It's the highest recognition possible under the National Scenic Byways program established by Congress in 1991.

Originally completed in 1938, the Overseas Highway incorporates 42 bridges over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. They include the Seven Mile Bridge at Marathon, which stretches 6.79 miles across open water and was referred to on its completion as "the eighth wonder of the world."

To earn All-American Road status, a road must possess characteristics of national significance and features that don't exist elsewhere, making it a visitor destination in itself.

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