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Upper Delaware Scenic Byway Accomplishments

Rt 97 sign dedication for the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway
Participating as project partners in the dedication were, from left to right: Bill Douglass, Upper Delaware Council; Grace Johansen, Tusten Historical Society; Annie Hayes, Wayland Design; John Conway, Sullivan County Historian; Linda Dexter, Fort Delaware; NYS Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther, 98th District; Kristin Porter, Sullivan County Parks; Vidal Martinez, National Park Service; Glenn Pontier, Sullivan Renaissance; Robert Meyer, Sullivan County Division of Public Works; Ben Johnson, Town of Tusten; David Sager, Sullivan County Legislature District 1; Larry H. Richardson, UDSB; Wanda Gangel, Narrowsburg Beautification Group, and Peter Osborne, UDSB and Master of Ceremonies.

The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway is legislatively designated as a component of the New York State Scenic Byways System on Aug. 6, 2002 following a two-year, grassroots process to draft an Enhancement Concept Plan for New York State Route 97 in Orange, Sullivan, and Delaware Counties.

Vision Statement: The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway will highlight what is already an exceptional feature of the region's appeal to residents and visitors alike — the highway itself. The most significant and attractive aspects of the byway will continue to be its spectacular scenic vistas, access to the Delaware River and its resources, and the uniqueness of the communities along the byway. The economic climate will be enhanced through careful promotion of the byway and its resources. This will enable communities to retain their character and quality of life while reaping the economic benefits of tourism promotion, and will further opportunities for residents to earn a living wage. The byway's communities will have vibrant, revitalized Main Streets. The visitor experience will be heightened through convenient and attractive facilities like turn-offs and overlooks, restroom and picnic areas. The byway itself will be safe for autos and bicycles but also remain open to commercial traffic so vital to the area. The visitor will have an exceptional year-round experience because of the abundant lodging, dining and recreational choices available and the hospitality of the area’s residents.”

Download the UDSB Enhancement Concept Plan and overview graphic.

INVITATION: The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. and Upper Delaware Council, Inc. will jointly host a public presentation of the “Final Report: An Estimate of Tourism Visitation to the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway” by Fairweather Consulting on Monday, September 22, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Tusten Town Hall Community Room, 210 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call (845) 252-3022 or email

Read UDSB Resolution 2011-03: Heavy Industrial Use Traffic on the NYS Route 97.

PDF version of the UDSB Accomplishments.

The organization meets every fourth Monday at 7 p.m. at the Upper Delaware Council office,
211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg. All meetings are open to the public.


Elected at the annual meeting of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. on April 25, 2016 were: Secretary/Treasurer Larry H. Richardson, Town of Cochecton; Chairperson Glenn Pontier, Town of Highland; and Vice-Chairperson Nancy Furdock, Village of Hancock. Read the press release.

Municipality Representative Alternate
Sullivan County Heather Jacksy Freda Eisenberg
Village of Hancock Nancy Furdock Gerald DaBrescia
Town of Delaware Rosie DeCristofaro Robin Mailey
Town of Cochecton Larry H. Richardson, Secretary-Treasurer Jerold Yavarkovsky
Town of Tusten Edward M. Boyer, Vice-Chairperson Rose Fredricks
Town of Highland Glenn Pontier Debra Conway
Town of Lumberland Nadia Rajsz, Chairperson Jenny Mellan
Town of Deerpark Virginia Dudko Norma Schadt
City of Port Jervis Bill Harris Judy Gumaer Testa

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