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Byway Facilities

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).

Principles

  1. National Scenic Byways Program funds may be used for facilities or improvements directly related to the byway and the byway's intrinsic qualities that support the byway's designation.

  2. The relationship of each intrinsic quality and the byway may vary in distance from the road or highway right-of-way.

  3. Proximity to the road or byway does not necessarily mean that a facility will enhance the byway traveler's experience or that the facility is eligible for National Scenic Byways Program funds.

  4. Scenic Byway facilities must meet accessibility guidelines, http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/guidance/index.cfm#access, under the Architectural Barriers Act or Americans with Disabilities Act (as appropriate). See also the US Department of Justice ADA homepage, http://www.ada.gov, or US Access Board, http://www.access-board.gov/.

  5. The facilities or improvements should increase the quality of the byway traveler's experience by:

    • Informing the byway traveler or visitor of the significance of the byway's intrinsic qualities that form the byway's story, or
    • Fulfilling multi-modal recommendations of the byway's corridor management plan.
  6. To the extent practicable, byway travelers and visitors should have free access (without charge) to facilities developed or constructed with National Scenic Byways Program funds.

  7. A building purchased, restored, or improved using National Scenic Byways Program funds should be owned or operated by a government entity, Indian tribe, or a legally organized not for profit entity or part of a not for profit entity.

  8. Land acquired using National Scenic Byways Program funds should be owned or controlled by a government entity, Indian tribe, or a legally organized not for profit entity or part of a not for profit entity. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with any State and Indian tribe restrictions regarding land acquisition.

  9. Private property purchased or used for a byway funded project must be acquired consistent with the requirements of Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 as amended. Federal rules for the Uniform Act are reprinted annually in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29, Part 24. For additional information, see http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/realestate/realprop/index.html. Applicants should contact the FHWA division office byway contact, the State byway coordinator or Indian tribe byway coordinator; see http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/scenic_byways//contacts/states.cfm.

  10. The proposed amount of National Scenic Byways Program funds should be proportionate to the proposed byway facilities' benefits to byway travelers. We expect an applicant advancing a project benefiting the general public to propose a larger share of non-byway funds.

Practices

  1. Construction includes the development of environmental documents, planning, design, engineering, 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.

  2. Visitor/interpretive centers and other byway facilities that share a building or spaces with other functions should include a clear breakdown of how the space will be used and by whom. If you are submitting an application for a visitor/interpretive center or other byway facility, please include the following:

    • a site plan for the project
    • a floor plan of the project with the proposed uses and dimensions clearly identified
    • an explanation of how specific areas of the building will be used to directly serve and benefit byway visitors
    • an explanation of how any proposed interpretive elements will relate to/underscore the intrinsic qualities supporting the byway's designation
    • an explanation of how the proposed facility relates to other visitor/interpretive centers or byway facilities either planned or existing on the byway
    • a finance plan identifying proposed sources of funding needed to complete the project
    • a budget that clearly delineates between work that is to benefit the byway traveler and work that is to benefit other functions. The budget should be proportionate to the benefit to byway travelers
  3. Byway funds may be used to improve facilities operated by Federal, State, Indian tribe, local or non-profit entities to the extent the project has a clear, demonstrated role in telling the byway story or enhancing the byway traveler experience (rather than primarily serving the existing customer base of the operator of the facility).

  4. References to facilities or improvements in the byway's corridor management plan do not mean that the proposed byway facilities are eligible for byways funds.

  5. All completed products should acknowledge the funding sources used to accomplish the work. See http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/scenic_byways/logo and click on the America's Byways Graphic Standards Manual for attribution guidelines, and, where appropriate, the use of the America's Byways® logo.

  6. When considering how best to organize and prepare an application for an eligible project in the Byway Facilities category, FHWA expects the applicant to consider and respond to the following questions:

    • What would be accomplished with this proposed project?
    • What is the relationship of this proposed facility to similar existing or proposed facilities along the byway? How many trails, rest areas, turnouts, overlooks, or byway visitor or interpretive centers are needed along the byway? Where are they located or planned to be located? Why is this facility important?
    • What would byway travelers learn and experience at the location(s) of the proposed byway facilities under this project? How does the experience relate to the byway's intrinsic qualities that support its designation? How will the information provided complement/expand on information already being provided at other facilities along the byway? How will promotion of the facility be coordinated with similar existing or proposed facilities along the byway to provide a comprehensive byway traveler experience?
    • How will byway travelers find the proposed facility, e.g., trail, rest area, turnout, overlook, or byway visitor or interpretive center? Would directional signs (to the facility) be placed along the byway? Who will pay for the signs? Will the road management authority agree to the location(s) for directional signing? Would directional information be available in byway publications or exhibits?
    • Is the proposed amount of National Scenic Byways Program funds proportionate to the proposed project's benefits to byway travelers? For example, if a proposed byway visitor or interpretive center is a multi-purpose facility, would byway funds be used only for the portion (square footage) of the facility that would be used for byway displays, information counters, restrooms, or serving other specific byway visitors' needs? Similarly, is it a facility for the overall byway, or is it a facility serving the immediate surrounding area, forest, or park? What part of the byway's story or intrinsic qualities will be shared or interpreted? To what extent will the byway traveler's experience be enhanced, compared to the existing customer base of the facility operator?
    • Does the corridor management plan include this project, and how does it compare to other priority projects along the byway?
    • Why did byway leaders make this project a high priority and who participated in setting the byway's project priorities?
    • Are agreements in place to ensure the maintenance or operation of the proposed byway facilities over their useful, economic life (generally considered to be 20 years)?

Complete Applications Include:

Below are some tips to the applicant when preparing a complete application for a project in the Byway Facilities category.

  1. BYWAY FACILITIES: Reviewers can determine eligibility only when the application demonstrates there is a clear relationship between the proposed project and the byway traveler experience. Respond to the questions posed in item six of the Practices section - in the Narrative Section of the application.

  2. MAP(s): Provide a map that locates the individual byway within the State or on Indian lands including the beginning and end points of the byway. A map should also identify the single location or multiple locations of the proposed Byway Facilities project(s) on the byway. A map should also identify the relationship of this proposed facility and similar existing or planned facilities along the byway. (If possible, please include the addresses/intersections and GPS coordinates for the beginning and end points of the byway and the proposed project(s) such that the project(s) can be located using basic mapping software)

  3. PLANS: Use the Attachments Section of the application to provide available plans showing the proposed byway facilities. Depending on the stage of project design, plans ranging from general concept plans to construction plans that show what is being proposed will be satisfactory. Proposed design or floor plans (even a sketch that communicates significant details) for a proposed byway visitor or interpretive center are especially useful as an indication of the square footage that will be dedicated to the byway(s) in the event of a multi-use facility. Describe what the plans illustrate and what elements of the proposed byway facilities would be implemented with byway funds - in the Narrative Section of the application, relating this description to the details in the Budget Section.

Updated: 09/19/2014
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