U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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Washington, DC 20590
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Downey Announces New All-American Roads, National Scenic Byways in 20 States
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Mortimer L. Downey today announced that 30 roads in 20 states have been designated All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways for 2000. The roads were selected for this designation because of the their important scenic, natural, historical, cultural, archaeological or recreational qualities.
"President Clinton and Vice President Gore have asked that our commitment to conservation grow as our communities grow," Downey said. "Designation as an All-American Road or National Scenic Byway helps preserve roads that have become American icons so that all can continue to benefit from their beauty and importance."
All-American Roads, the higher designation, provide visitors with a unique driving experience and are considered destinations unto themselves. They provide an exceptional traveling experience such that motorists go to these highways as a primary reason for their trip.
National Scenic Byways are exceptional roads through areas that exemplify regional characteristics. They possess distinctive cultural, historic, natural or other qualities unique among neighboring states.
Under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), approximately $25 million is available annually through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for the scenic byways discretionary grant program. The funds may be used for planning as well as enhancing and promoting the byways. FHWA manages the program. Today's announcement marks the third round of designations.
"All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways define a unique American experience," FHWA Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle said. "Travelers on these roads can look into the heart and soul of America and connect with the stories which have made America what it is today."
The National Scenic Byways Program, which covers both All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways, was created to preserve and protect the nation's scenic byways and, at the same time, promote tourism and economic development. Participation in the program is voluntary and encompasses any public road or highway. The National Scenic Byways Program emphasizes local involvement.
The roads nominated for designation this year as All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways were considered by a panel of experts. Panel members were chosen based on, among other things, their experience with the six qualities expected of All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways.
Information on All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways, including color photos and maps, is available on the Internet at http://www.byways.org.
Today's ceremony will bring the total number of National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads to 72. A list of all 57 National Scenic Byways and 15 All-American Roads follows, with asterisks indicating the newly designated roads.
Selma To Montgomery March Byway (Alabama)
National Scenic Byways
Talladega Scenic Drive (Alabama)