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.
Development and implementation of a corridor management plan to maintain the scenic, historical, recreational, cultural, natural, and archaeological characteristics of a byway corridor while providing for accommodation of increased tourism and development of related amenities, 23 U.S.C. 162(c)(2).
National Scenic Byways Program funds may be used to develop, update, and implement specific activities identified in a corridor management plan for one of America's Byways® or for a State or Indian tribe scenic byway.
National Scenic Byways Program funds may be used to implement specific byway projects consistent with a corridor management plan and eligibility criteria. Inclusion of a project in the byway's corridor management plan does not necessarily mean that the proposed project is eligible for byways funds.
National Scenic Byways Program funds may not be used for the ongoing administrative, operating or maintenance Corridor Management Planexpenses of a byway organization (e.g., general staffing, hosting and maintenance of a website, organizing and sponsoring annual promotional events or festivals, and costs associated with the fulfillment of individual information requests).
A corridor management plan is a written document that specifies the actions, procedures, controls, operational practices, and strategies to maintain the archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities that support the byway's designation. The plan should:
The plan must address the 14 points of corridor management planning that are included in the Federal Highway Administration's Interim Policy for the National Scenic Byways Program published in the Federal Register on May 15, 1995; see https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-1995-05-18/html/95-12211.htm.
Development of a corridor management plan includes:
Implementation of the corridor management plan may include activities that otherwise could be advanced as a safety improvement, byway facility, access to recreation, resource protection, interpretive project or marketing program initiative. If your project is part of your corridor management plan, but is also eligible under another category, it is recommended that you select that other category. For example, if you have "develop a marketing plan" as part of your corridor management plan, you should submit under the Marketing Program instead of Corridor Management Program.
Please remember that in applying for funding, project requests should be tied directly to specific activities identified and prioritized in the byway's corridor management plan.
Please keep in mind that salary requests for the byway coordinator or general administration of all projects or programs identified in a byway's corridor management plan are not considered eligible expenses for NSBP funding unless the time devoted and how it is directly related to the performance of a specific NSBP award and each NSBP funded project(s) identified in the corridor management plan can be documented. It is also important that the costs proposed be proportionate to the work proposed.
Implementation of the corridor management plan may include activities to build and strengthen a sustainable organization and to manage byway activities related to specific projects and initiatives such as:
When considering how best to organize and prepare an application for an eligible project in the Corridor Management Plan category, FHWA expects the applicant to consider and respond to the following questions:
Below are some tips for submitting a complete application for a project in the Corridor Management Plan category.
CORRIDOR MANAGEMENT PLAN: Respond to the questions posed in item eight of the Practices section (above) - in the Narrative Section of the application.
MAP(s): Provide a map locating the individual byway within the State or on Indian lands (if possible, please include the addresses/intersections and GPS coordinates for the beginning and end points of the byway as well as for the proposed project such that both the byway and the project can be located using basic mapping software) and additional maps displaying broad corridor boundaries, and/or maps that provide information on the major attributes or qualities that exist adjacent to the road such as communities, rivers, parks or other resource sites that contribute to the special nature of the road. Provide GIS data for the byway if available.
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: Use the Attachments Section of the application to include byway brochures, excerpts from the corridor management plan, or other materials that give reviewers a sense of the byway travel experience, of the organization supporting the route, or the attributes and intrinsic qualities. Please include only those materials that specifically support your application.