Hancock Co. roadways named Mississippi Scenic Byways

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Several segments of roadways in Hancock County have been named official Mississippi Scenic Byways, the Mississippi Department of Transportation announced Friday.

"Scenic byways are a marvelous way to showcase the beauty of our great state," Southern District Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown said. "The partnership between the local businesses, the Legislature and MDOT to set aside scenic byways will insure enjoyment for future generations for years to come."

The "Beach Boulevard Scenic Byway" parallels the Hancock County coastline for 13 miles from Cedar Point on the north end to Bayou Cadet on the southern end. The byway comprises a section of Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Several structures and locations along the road are recognized as historical landmarks either through the National Register of Historic Places or as Mississippi landmarks. Several piers jut out from the boulevard, which also passes birding sites, Buccaneer State Park and the construction site of the Bay St. Louis Harbor.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is building a seawall in that area. When the harbor project is completed in two years, motorists will be able to enjoy an extended recreational beach, the harbor and pier.

Byways to Space is a 30-mile scenic byway network of roadways that are located inside the 125,000-acre Buffer Zone surrounding the John C. Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi.

Drivers taking the scenic route through the "Byways to Space" have several choices of tree-lined roads to travel. The byways traverse several birding sites, connections to McLeod State Park, old cemeteries, wetlands and biking and walking paths.

Infinity Space Center, when complete in spring 2012, will serve as information headquarters for the area.

Representative J.P. Compretta introduced the legislation during the 2011 Mississippi legislative session.

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