Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Aug. 2, 2010
SIGNS CELEBRATE HISTORY, BEAUTY OF GEORGETOWN PIKE
CHANTILLY— Georgetown Pike, named Virginia’s first Historic and Scenic Byway back in 1973, now has four handsome gateway signs commemorating that honor.
Earlier this week, the Virginia Department of Transportation completed installation of the signs which sit atop stone walls similar to those seen throughout Virginia’s countryside.
“The signs draw attention to the history of Georgetown Pike and will encourage, I hope, drivers to slow down while enjoying the scenery,” said Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust. “I thank VDOT and the Great Falls residents who worked for many years to make the signs happen.
John Adams, President of the Georgetown Pike Association said the signs were part of recommendations made by the Georgetown Pike Traffic Calming Working Group which included Delegate Vince Callahan, Senator Janet Howell, Supervisor Stuart Mendelhson; Dorothy McCormick, Knowles Harper and John Adams from the Georgetown Pike Association; and Eleanor Anderson, John Ulfelder and Karen Washburn.from the Great Falls Citizen Association:
The signs are located on Georgetown Pike near Route 7, the Beltway and off Route 123 at Colonial Farm Road. State and federal byway monies funded the $96,000 design and installation. Arthur Construction of Herndon was the contractor.
Georgetown Pike was one of the first paved roads in Virginia (1813) and was established to provide a direct connection from Fairfax County to the ports in Georgetown. In 1973, at the request of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Commonwealth Transportation Board in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation designated Georgetown Pike as the first Virginia Scenic and Historic Byway.
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