A new Oregon Scenic Byway runs along the Umpqua River as of April 2008. The new designation applies to the stretch of road that begins in Oakland, runs down to Sutherlin, follows highway 138 to Elkton, and finally goes along Highway 38 to Reedsport, where it follows the Umpqua River.
There are many steps and processes taken before a road becomes part of a Scenic Byway. First, people living along the road must decide to form a committee and try to get approval for the road. The committee is required to make presentations to groups including the Oregon Tourism Commission and ODOT.
After receiving approval for a Scenic Byway, signs are posted along the road recognizing it as a Scenic Byway, and the committee decides what sort of amenities to include along the road. Oregon, along with Colorado, has the most Scenic Byways of any state in the country. (Tom Llewellyn; 541-584-2788)
Oregon Coast Magazine July/August 2008