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.
When evaluating the projects submitted for selection, several statutory and administrative criteria are considered.
The law guiding implementation of the National Scenic Byways Program is in Section 162, Title 23 of the United States Code; 23 U.S.C. 162. It states that the Secretary of Transportation may make grants to States and Indian tribes to -
The following subparagraph under paragraph (a) in Section 162 provides the priorities for the Secretary of Transportation in making grants:
These three priorities are treated equally; they are not considered to be listed in priority order. Projects along a State or Indian tribe designated scenic byway that are not intended to make the byway eligible for designation as a National Scenic Byway or All-American Road are eligible, but are given lower funding priority.