The Virginia General Assembly established the Virginia Byway system in 1966. To be included in the program, a road must possess a “high aesthetic or cultural value”. It must also lead to or be within “areas of historical, natural or recreational significance”. Over 3500 miles of road have been designated as Virginia Byways.
The task of choosing a distinctive marker for the Virginia Byway system fell to the State Highway and Transportation Commission. On January 16, 1975, the Chairman of the Sign Committee presented a number of potential designs to the Commission. The commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the marker currently used. It depicts a cardinal perched on the branch of a dogwood tree. These species are both symbols of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
We’ve made our Virginia Byway sign according to the exact VDOT specifications. Our recreation is flat printed on heavy 14-gauge steel, with completely accurate artwork and fonts. The original marker is 24 inches square, but for your display needs, we’ve precisely rescaled it to sizes ranging from 12 inches square up to 36 inches square. We also offer a variation showing the name of a scenic byway of your choice.
This is a non-reflective sign and can be installed indoors or outdoors. (Need a size or byway name not listed here, or a reflective sign? Just ask Jake; custom orders are our specialty!)