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PAROWAN, Utah (AP) -- Utah's state Route 143 now has the designation of being a National Scenic Byway.
It took seven years to get the designation for the road from Parowan through Brian Head to Panguitch.
Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell said at a ceremony this week that despite the time involved in the process, he is excited about the designation.
Five County Association of Governments Executive Director Ken Sizemore says the application process started in 2002 but that the highway didn't get an invitation to attain national status until 2007.
Sizemore says the designation is a way to bring people to the route so they can enjoy the scenery, culture and historical qualities of the area.
Information from: The Spectrum
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