Keeping Route 6 Scenic

The PA Route 6 Alliance is seeking designations as a “scenic byway,” but it needs to reach out to municipalities to make it happen.

The alliance is seeking both the National and Pennsylvania Scenic Byways designations for Route 6, but the request requires local support.

In order to gain the designations, municipalities and counties along a roadway must pass resolutions supporting the designation and either a county or the municipalities within the county must pass an ordinance limiting future advertising signage along the route.

“The premise of a scenic byway is that it is ‘scenic’,” Alliance Executive Director Terri Dennison said. “I think it would be easy to find examples of where an over-abundance of signs has ruined an enjoyable road trip.”

In an effort to move the process forward, the alliance has sent correspondence to communities along Route 6 asking them to pass the required resolutions and ordinances. Samples have been sent to serve as a guide in drafting the legislation as well.

“Enacting signage ordinances helps to maintain the scenic viewsheds and avoid sign clutter,” Dennison added.

Under the proposed ordinance provided to municipalities and counties, outdoor advertising would be prohibited within 660 feet of the nearest edge of the right-of-way of Route 6 or more than 660 feet if the sign is visible from the roadway and its purpose is to be read from there.

Existing signs would not be subject to the ordinance.

The ordinance would eliminate most signage if enacted in that form, but the sample includes some exceptions, including:

Official signs and notices required or authorized by law.

Signs advertising the sale or lease of the property they are placed upon.

Signs advertising activities conducted on the property they are placed upon, such as those at a business-owned location.

Signs giving directions to points of interest.

Signs would be required to meet standards set by the Secretary of Transportation.

“The requirement would be to not allow any future off-premise signs,” Dennison said. “This does not include temporary signs, for example real estate signs or community event signs, or signs on the property owned by the person/business.”

The proposed ordinances also institute requirements that sign owners maintain the condition of signs.