Friday, May 21, 2010

2010-2012 Virginia Map Features 75th Anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s new official state map is being released just in time to assist travelers with their Memorial Day and summer travel plans. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) collaborated with the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) and the National Park Service to develop the 2010-2012 state map.

According to a VDOT press release, the new map features the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway and encourages travelers to visit the many attractions along the parkway and across the commonwealth.
“The new Commonwealth of Virginia state map is a valuable traveler resource and an open invitation to visit the natural beauty and incredibly diverse attractions we have to offer in Virginia,” said Sean T. Connaughton, secretary of transportation. “From the Blue Ridge Mountains to Virginia Beach, Virginia offers both historic sites and fun-filled entertainment for visitors of all ages.”
The 2010-2012 state map underwent an extensive formatting conversion that represents the first major overhaul of the map software since 1995. This includes improved user-friendly fonts and detailed shaded relief to display enhanced elevation. More than 140 cartographic changes – including newly completed or widened highways – were added this year.

This year, 2.5 million maps were printed and are available at Virginia’s state welcome centers and by request at safety rest areas. State maps are also available at VDOT offices across the state. The state map and other VDOT maps also can be ordered or printed from VDOT’s website.

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