LOUDONVILLE — The Wally Road paving project was hailed as a boost to tourism at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.
The $1 million project paved Wally Road for its entire length in Knox County, where it runs through an area that has been developed by private enterprise over a span of several decades as a camping/water recreational destination.
Bill Conrad, a Wally Road resident, proponent of development of the Mohican area and member of the Wally Road Scenic Byway Association, said that the road’s old gravel surface served as a “deterrent” to visitors for years.
“The road was always a deterrent, no one would send (tourists) down Wally Road because of the gravel and dust,” Conrad said. This was harmful to the county in terms of lost tourism revenues, Conrad said, and to the businesses that line the road.