Safety improvements to a State scenic byway, Indian tribe scenic byway, National Scenic Byway, or All-American Road to the extent that the improvements are necessary to accommodate increased traffic and changes in the types of vehicles using the highway as a result of the designation as a State scenic byway, Indian tribe scenic byway, National Scenic Byway, or All-American Road. [23 U.S.C. 162(c)(3)]
This category covers a wide range of activities designed to enhance safety along byways, but these projects cannot be pre-existing deficiencies of the road. The proposed improvement(s) must be necessary to accommodate increased traffic and changes in the types of vehicles using the highway as a result of designation. Potential projects include sidewalk installation, lighting, signage, dust abatement, pedestrian crossings, bicycle facilities, pullouts, roundabouts and information/awareness programs. Funds also may be used to improve safety to roads that provide direct access from the byway to an interpretive or similar byway facility.
Fourteen safety improvement projects were awarded from '01 to '06 with the total project costs ranging from $767,000 to $4.7 million. Dollars leveraged per Program dollar averaged 53 cents.
Per Program Dollar
Figure 15 : Profile of Profile for Safety Improvement Grant Impacts
1996: The Colorado Gold Belt Tour sought funds to provide dust abatement and/or surfacing along 6 miles of the byway for safety improvement due to an increase in traffic because of designation. ($225,000)
2001: Idaho Northwest Passage installed decorative lighting to improve lighting and safety on the byway that is Main Street through Kooskia, Idaho. The project was leveraged with a 46 percent match to improve lighting and safety. ($176,434)
2002: Maine State Route 27 - The project funded the construction of a new scenic turnoff at Flagstaff Lake and the development of appropriate traffic calming techniques in Kingfield and Stratton villages. ($34,400)
2004: South Carolina US 78 Bamberg Scenic Highway Project - The purpose of this project was to reconfigure the US 301/ US 78 intersection near Bamberg, South Carolina. The project facilitated improvements in this high priority corridor. This byway acquired $3.9 million for this project. ($3,976,400)
2006: Tennessee Visitor Safety Program - Cherohala Skyway - This $44,320 project funded the development and implementation of a visitor safety and awareness program for visitors to the Cherohala Skyway. The program focuses on user-group conflicts (motorcycles, bicyclist, mobile camper units, automobiles, sports cars, and other vehicles). An interactive display created for the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains, Tennessee details the hazards along the highway and shows proper techniques to deal with conflicting use. ($44,320)