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Scenic Rogue-Umpqua corridor studied for lower-speed enjoyment

The scenery is generally above average in our region, and there are few boring drives. Some routes are particularly blessed, like the Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway, from Roseburg to Diamond Lake to the Upper Rogue River, to Medford.

You could drive the whole thing in a day, but why? And for that matter, why just whoosh past it in a motor vehicle? These are the questions at the heart of a project to create a Rogue-Umpqua Bicycle and Pedestrian Corridor. Plans are on the table to allow people to enjoy the scenic corridor--in safety--at lower speeds.

We get details on plans and progress from Cheyne Rossbach at the federal Bureau of Land Management and John Lazur at Oregon Department of Transportation.

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