Youngsville has joined a growing list of municipalities officially supporting designation of Rt. 6 as a Pennsylvania Byway.
At its meeting Monday evening, Youngsville Borough Council passed a resolution supporting designation of a portion of Rt. 6 in Pennsylvania as a Pennsylvania Byway, becoming the 31st municipality along the roadway to do so.
It's an action that the PA Route 6 Alliance has urged of 110 municipalities across 11 counties where the roadway is located.
"Route 6 as a Pennsylvania Byway is an initiative of the PA Route 6 Alliance, one of 12 PA Heritage Areas," Alliance Executive Director Terri Dennison noted. "We are working diligently to achieve that goal. It is also a goal of the PA Wilds Planning Team to encourage scenic byways in the PA Wilds. We all work together for the betterment of the area."
The designation is more than just a name though, its part of a larger objective.
"PennDOT designates Pennsylvania Byways at the request of the local communities seeking to highlight the six qualities - cultural, historical, recreational, archaeological, scenic and natural qualities," According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
The designation allows the roadway to be a part of state promotion efforts through the state tourism agency, PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
While the PennDOT designation as a Pennsylvania Byway doesn't bring any additional funding with it automatically, it makes applying for state and federal program funds easier.
The designation is also a requirement to become a National Scenic Byway, which is charged with recognizing, preserving and and enhancing selected roadways throughout the country.
"Many people already assume that Route 6 in Pennsylvania is a designated National Scenic Byway," Dennison said. "Unfortunately, we do not have that designation. The first step to national designation is becoming a Pennsylvania Byway."