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1 Michener’s Chesapeake Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan

2 …What are the Steps Involved in Creating a CMP? 1.Vision and Goals (May 2010) Public Workshop - June 22 and 24 Are we headed in the right direction? 2.Preservation and Conservation (July 15) 3.Enhancement Strategies (Sept 23) 4.Heritage Tourism Strategies (Oct 21) 5.Interpretive Development (Nov 18) 6.Road and Right-of-way (February 9, 2011) Public Workshop - Did we get it right? (July 26, 27 and August 4) 7.Draft Plan Review and Implementation Michener’s Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway

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10 … existing interpretive themes Telling the Byway ’ s Story

11 … some of these stories are told in your small museums Telling the Byway ’ s Story

12 “Emerging Sites” Telling the Byway ’ s Story

13 Five Goals for the Byway Michener’s Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway Preserve and conserve the character of the Byway’s historic sites, landscapes, towns and shorelines. Provide a distinctive and compelling travel experience Use the Byway as tool to extend visitor stays Expanding the range of things to see and do on the Eastern Shore for both visitors and residents Accommodates the wide range of needs for all roadway users while maintaining the character defining features of the Byway context.

14 GOAL 1: Preserving and Conserving the Byway’s Character Preserve and conserve the character of the Byway

15 Goal: provide a distinctive and compelling travel experience GOAL 2: Enhancing the Byway

16 Destinations in Communities GOAL 2: Enhancing the Byway

17 Visitor Facilities: Destinations at the End of Branches GOAL 2: Enhancing the Byway

18 Opportunities for Enhancement … Industrial and Commercial Sites 12

19 GOAL 3: Marketing Heritage, Nature-based, and Agri- tourism Goal: Use the Byway as tool to extend visitor stays

20 GOAL 4: Telling the Byway’s Stories Goal: Expand the range of visitor facilities

21 Michener’s Chesapeake and Other Supporting Stories GOAL 4: Telling the Byway’s Stories

22 Set the Stage for Flexibility Select Relevant Guidelines Improve Safety AND Preserve Character Defining Features GOAL 5: Traveling the Byway Goal: Accommodate roadway users while maintaining character

23 Traffic Speed and Traffic Safety Issues along the Byway GOAL 5: Traveling the Byway

24 SAFETY: Where does this apply? Transportation Strategies Intersections MD 213 and US 50 Mathewstown Rd and US 50 Maryland Ave. and US 50 Transitions to Towns St. Michaels Race St., Cambridge Vienna Federalsburg Denton

25 First, slow travel speeds, maintain existing pavement Focus efforts for additional pavement in areas with greatest need Where additional pavement width is needed, carefully insert alterations to blend with existing topographic and drainage patterns In wooded areas, minimizing cut and fill sections in critical root zones Where additional pavement width is needed, consider the potential impact on operating speeds Where all else fails,, utilize the “share the road” signage noted above or pavement marking system GOAL 5: Traveling the Byway Pedestrians and Bicycles on the Byway

26 Wayfinding GOAL 5: Traveling the Byway

27 Byway Enhancements – Black Walnut Point as a destination GOAL 5: Traveling the Byway

28 Byway Enhancements – Concept Study for Bellevue Park GOAL 5: Traveling the Byway

29 Byway Enhancements along Public Right-of-Way GOAL 5: Traveling the Byway

30 …What are the Next Steps 1.Interpretive Plan - funded 2.Route marking replacement signs (fewer signs and coordinated with TAC signs) - funded 3.Establish nine-county coordinating committee (working through heritage areas and tourism offices) 4.Reference CMP in Comprehensive Plans in each jurisdiction – this will help in pursuing outside funding 5.Pursue outside funding for high priority projects Michener’s Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway


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