• Joshua Morrison/News On Thursday morning, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wally Road. The Knox County portion of the road has always been gravel until this summer.
  •  Joshua Morrison/News On Thursday morning, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wally Road. The Knox County portion of the road has always been gravel until this summer. Pictured, from left, are Pat Crow, executive director of Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Clint Cochran, assistant to the county engineer; Matt Peters, Ohio Developmental Services; Cameron Keaton, Knox County Engineer; Kevin Mooney, owner of The Mohicans; Thom Collier and Roger Reed, Knox County commissioners; Allen Stockberger, former commissioner; Bill Conrad, Wally Road Scenic Byway Association committee member; Teresa Bemiller, Knox County commissioner; Bob Wise, former commissioner; and Amy Schoken, Community Development consultant.

 

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.

 

Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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