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Section 3: Route Information

In this section, you will be asked to provide pertinent information regarding the route proposed for national designation.

  1. Official Route Description (Written). You will be asked to provide a complete, sequential route description that documents all road segments including any gaps and/or intrusions. Please include all of the road segments which, when linked together, match the legal description used by your State/Indian tribe/Federal land management agency to officially designate the road and include total miles.

    We request that you work with your State/Indian tribe/Federal land management agency scenic byway coordinator/representative to develop this section so that you accurately reflect State/Indian tribe/Federal land management agency records for the designated route. To assist in the review of your nomination, you will be asked to provide the addresses/intersections and the GPS coordinates for the beginning and end points of the byway, as well as for other key features along the byway.

  2. Indicate Whether the Byway Crosses Federal Lands. Applicants will be asked if the byway crosses any Federal Lands and if so, to include this information in the Route Map (image) discussed below.

    • Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Fish and Wildlife Service
    • National Park Service
    • USDA Forest Service
  3. Route Map (Image). Applicants will be asked to provide the following information on a single map which will be used as a central reference point along with the other materials you include in your nomination application. The scale and size of the map will be relative to the location and length of your nominated byway. In some cases, this may require two or more pages. To facilitate review, we require that route maps be submitted in electronic form. The map and supporting legend should clearly show:

    • The location of the byway within the State, Indian tribe, or Federal lands
    • The location of the byway in relation to other State, Indian tribe, and/or Federal land management agency byways and America's Byways® in your region
    • Each end point of the byway
    • Location of gaps and/or intrusions
    • The location of each community along the route
    • Boundaries and/or management areas of major entities (e.g., parks, forests, reserves)
    • Locations of critical directional signage, if any
    • Locations of existing interpretive panels/information
    • Locations of public visitor centers and/or other visitor amenities (e.g., food, fuel, restrooms, etc.)
    • Locations of points of interest detailed in the Visitor Experience section of the nomination application
  4. Continuity of the Route. The continuity of your byway route is an essential requirement for designation as it directly impacts the travel experience and can reflect community support. The Interim Policy states that "Neither [National Scenic Byways nor All-American Roads] should have too many gaps but rather should be as continuous as possible and should minimize intrusions on the visitor's experience." When considering your information on continuity, reviewers are looking for information that illustrates that you are ready to accept travelers and support the America's Byways® brand by providing a rewarding travel experience.

    If you have included a list of gaps and/or intrusions in your official route description above, you will be asked to provide explanations for any gaps and/or intrusions in your route that interrupt the continuity of the traveler experience (e.g., local zoning decisions, lack of community support, etc.). Reviewers will be looking for patterns to your gaps/and or intrusions, their frequency or indications that byway leaders have not obtained broad community support for the route's designation.

  5. Nomination by Indian Tribes. Title 23, United States Code (USC), Section 162(a)(3)(B) allows nomination by Indian tribes only if a Federal land management agency (other than the Bureau of Indian Affairs), a State, or a political subdivision of a State does not have jurisdiction over the road or responsibility for managing the road.

    If the nomination is being submitted for consideration by an Indian tribe, you will be asked to discuss and document who has jurisdiction over the road and who manages the road.

    Section 162(a)(3)(C) requires that Indian tribes maintain the safety and quality of roads nominated.

    If the nomination is being submitted for consideration by an Indian tribe, you will be asked to discuss how the tribe will maintain the safety and quality of the road.

Updated: 9/3/2013
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