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Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 12:50pm.

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved the designation of Airlie Road in Wilmington as the state’s newest Scenic Byway.

The 1.5-mile stretch of road, which runs from Wrightsville Avenue and parallels the Intracoastal Waterway before terminating at U.S. 74/76 west of the Heide-Trask Drawbridge, was selected for the designation due to its natural beauty and historical features.

The route is lined with a tree canopy of live oaks and Spanish moss, and boasts water and pastoral views in addition to glimpses of historic homes. The road also passes Airlie Gardens, a botanical site maintained by New Hanover County. 

The City of Wilmington nominated the route for a Scenic Byway designation. As part of the new designation, this section of Airlie Road will be marked by official N.C. Department of Transportation Scenic Byway signs and included in NCDOT’s nationally-distributed Scenic Byways Guide.

The Airlie Road Scenic Byway is the state’s 57th designated Scenic Byway.  North Carolina has more than 2,200 miles of Scenic Byways, which have been carefully selected to embody the state’s diverse beauty and culture and provide travelers with a safe and interesting alternate route.

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