All-American Road Designation
On June 13, 2002 the US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta awarded Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) "All-American Road" status to Lakes to Locks Passage, "The Great Northeast Journey. 'All-American Road status is granted by FHWA as the formal recognition of the Byway's plan and commitment to develop, promote, and market the Byway as a national and international destination for tourism. As an All-American Road, Lakes to Locks Passage is one of a select group of roadways in the country that the FHWA will promote as a "premier destination" in their marketing efforts for tourism at the national and international level.
In 1992 the State of New York designated the "Champlain Trail Scenic Byway," recognizing the roadway's access to the historic, scenic, cultural, natural, and recreational qualities of Lake Champlain and the communities that line its shores. Subsequent to the designation, a corridor management planning (CMP) process for the Champlain Trail was undertaken in conjunction with the communities along the Vermont shore of Lake Champlain, known as Lake Champlain Byways. The work of the CMP focused on coordinating existing activities to establish a regional identity and develop a partnership approach to unify the Lake as a region. Strategies and partnerships have been identified to promote, interpret and steward the byway's resources in balance with economic development in the region. In 2001, the two NYS byways, the Champlain Trail and Champlain Canal Byway merged to form "Lakes to Locks Passage, the Great Northeast Journey." The partnership for Lakes to Locks Passage enables public, private and non-profit organizations along the historic waterway from Waterford, NY to Quebec to work together to implement the vision, goals and objectives of the Byway CMP.