Local communities in 42 states will receive more than $22 million in federal grants for 207 projects that improve and promote highways designated as scenic byways, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta recently announced.
The grants are part of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program, which recognizes and enhances selected roads based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational or scenic qualities. The grants will be used for projects such as scenic overlooks, visitor information centers, pedestrian trails, bike paths, safety upgrades and educational and promotional materials.
“Scenic byways capture our imagination, lead us to understanding and fill us with wonder," Mineta said. "This investment ensures that we can protect and promote the roads that make America great," he added.
Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has awarded more than $250 million in grants for more than 1,800 state and nationally designated byway projects.
“The grants we’re announcing today will help preserve and promote a collection of diverse American roads that provide unique travel destinations and support countless small businesses,” said Federal Highway Deputy Administrator J. Richard Capka.