Construction along a scenic byway of a facility for pedestrians and bicyclists, rest area, turnout, highway shoulder improvement, overlook, or interpretive facility.
[23 U.S.C. 162(c)(4)]
This category can cover a wide range of byway projects including visitor centers, scenic overlooks, landscape architecture and signage, restrooms, interpretive areas, and trail or bicycle plans and facilities. Projects must enhance the visitor's experience. Detailed aspects of construction work can be funded, including the development of environmental documents, planning, design, engineering, and the purchase of right-of-way, land, or property, as well as supervising, inspecting, actual building, and all costs incidental to the construction or reconstruction of the project or facility. Land acquired using byway funds should be owned or controlled by a government entity, Indian tribe, legally organized not-for-profit entity or part of a not-for-profit entity.
This category saw 209 awards from 2001 to 2006. Grant awards of $44.4 million leveraged total investments of $102 million for a per dollar leverage rate of $1.30.
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Figure 16 : Profile of Byway Facilities Grant Impacts
In 2006-2007, the Native American Scenic Byway was awarded funding of $286,656 to rehabilitate a former Tribal Hall into an interpretive facility designed to educate travelers about the original inhabitants of the area and Native American history. The interpretive center will house a permanent collection of tribal artifacts. This project will benefit byway travelers by providing them a comfortable place to stop along the byway and learn more about the Yankton Sioux culture, both past and present.