Neah Bay: Makah seek road across reservation as a scenic byway

NEAH BAY — The Makah Indian tribe is seeking to designate a road leading across its reservation to Cape Flattery as a scenic byway.

If approved, the road will be the first non-state or federal highway in the nation to achieve such a designation, officials say.

The byway will span the length of the Makah reservation, beginning with Bay View Avenue at the west end of state Route 112 — the state’s newest National Scenic Byway — and ending at Cape Flattery.

Makah leaders are working on a tribal resolution to designate the road as a tribal scenic byway before seeking to extend the Route 112 national designation, Makah transportation planner Blanchard Matte said.

The Makah Tribal Council could pass the resolution as soon as early January after newly elected members are sworn in.

Tribal members hope a scenic byway will attract more tourists to Neah Bay and “point them in the right direction” on a main road through the town, outgoing tribal council chairman Greig Arnold said Saturday.

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