Please Note: Because the National Scenic Byways Program is no longer funded, FHWA is no longer soliciting grant applications. Without funding for the Program, FHWA will not be moving forward with another round of designations of America's Byways® at this time.
FHWA's Interim Policy for National Scenic Byways Program published in the Federal Register on May 18, 1995, provides for three core elements. The core elements that make up a successful byway are planning, intrinsic qualities and visitor experience.
A byway is designated for its intrinsic qualities. These qualities are the emphasis of the CMP. Without the preservation of the intrinsic qualities that the byway was designed for, there would be no byway corridor. Intrinsic qualities are the basis for the byway story.
Byway organizations must develop and maintain a corridor management plan (CMP). The CMP requires an organization structure to manage and implement the plan; in turn, the activities require funding.
The Interim Policy states that byways should be managed for a visitor experience. Byway organizations should reflect in the CMP how to share the byway story for a comprehensive visitor experience. In a linear corridor this means considering elements of wayshowing, accessibility, interpretation and marketing.
These concepts are not mutually exclusive of each other. Byway organizations should engage in all elements of planning, managing intrinsic qualities and providing for a visitor experience. If a prospective byway is unable to engage in these elements, they may want to reconsider embarking on the byway journey.
More detailed information is found in Parts 1 through 4 on the Byways 101 web site.