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Report Overview

The purpose of this report is to describe the America's Byways® collection at this fifteen-year milestone, to identify some of the significant characteristics of the collection as a baseline, and to provide a summary of progress of the National Scenic Byways Program. The report is intended primarily for Federal Highway Administration program staff, State, and Indian Tribe Scenic Byway Coordinators, and other byway stakeholders.

The report is organized in eight major parts:

  1. Program Overview
  2. Development of the Program
  3. Growth of the Collection
  4. The Collection Today
  5. Intrinsic Qualities
  6. Capacity Building
  7. Funding the Collection
  8. Promoting the Collection

The report ends with a brief concluding section, followed by a series of appendices. The appendices include an outline of scenic roadway planning precedents, the statute and Interim Policy governing the Program, a list of the national designation cycles with the byways designated in each cycle, a list of the 126 nationally-designated byways (155 individual State segments) with the intrinsic qualities on which their designations are based, and a list of preliminary themes for the routes in the America's Byways® collection.

Data Sources

The data and analyses in this report are based on information collected by the National Scenic Byways Online (NSBO) staff of the Multimedia Data Services Corporation (MDSC). NSBO develops and maintains America's Byways for travelers, www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/scenic_byways/ for byway professionals, and other databases and media. MDSC provides staffing for NSBO under contract with the Federal Highway Administration. For this project, in addition to providing information from existing databases, MDSC personnel reviewed nomination documentation for all 155 state segments of the 126 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads, and conducted additional GIS data research and analysis.

All photographs in this report were obtained from America's Byways.

Updated: 09/03/2013
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