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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 2, 2004
Contact: Lori Irving, 202-366-0660
FHWA 7-04

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $15 Million in Grants for 104 Scenic Byways Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced grants totaling more than $15 million for 104 projects in 37 states that are part of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) National Scenic Byways Program.

"The only way to visit many of our nation's treasures is to travel on a scenic byway," said Mineta. "Investing in these roads is the best way to bring travel and tourism dollars to many of America's small towns."

The National Scenic Byway Program recognizes roadways around the nation based on their archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational or scenic qualities. The grants will help fund such projects as scenic overlooks, visitor information centers, educational and promotional materials, pedestrian trails, bike paths and safety improvements.

"Our nation's scenic byways provide a vital link between countless travelers and America's small towns and rural areas, supporting hundreds of "mom and pop" shops along the way," said FHWA Administrator Mary E. Peters. "The Bush administration is committed to helping local communities support, improve and promote these important resources."

Currently, the America's Byways system includes 96 roads in 39 states. Studies suggest that byway designations increase the number of visitors to rural communities by up to 20 percent, resulting in substantial numbers of jobs nationwide. Those same studies have found that the typical byway visitor spends between $100 and $200 per trip.

More information about the National Scenic Byways Program is available online at www.bywaysonline.org or by calling toll-free, 1-800-4-BYWAYS (1-800-429-9297).

The attached table lists fiscal year 2004 National Scenic Byways Program grants.

National Scenic Byways Grants for 2004

StateProject NameAmount
AlaskaAlaska's Marine Highway – Corridor Management Plan$25,000
Glenn Highway – Corridor Management Plan Implementation$24,999
Seward Highway – Corridor Management Plan Implementation$24,999
Total for Alaska (3 projects)
 
$74,998
ArizonaIntelligent Transportation System Demonstration Project – Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway$191,500
Total for Arizona (1 project)
 
$191,500
ArkansasCorridor Management Plan Implementation – Great River Road$25,000
Corridor Management Plan Implementation – Crowley's Ridge$25,000
Arkansas Statewide Byways Brochure$38,400
Great River Road National Scenic Byway Signing$5,000
Total for Arkansas (4 projects)
 
$93,400
CaliforniaRoute 1, Big Sur Coast Highway – Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 2$24,600
Route 110, Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway – Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 1$25,000
Volcanic Legacy Byway – Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 2$25,000
Total for California (3 projects)
 
$74,600
ColoradoLariat Loop Corridor Management Planning and Improvement$100,000
Total for Colorado (1 project)
 
$100,000
FloridaImplementing a Multimodal Greenway System for A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Highway, Phase II$644,812
A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway – Enhance Public Accessibility to Intrinsic Resources, Phase II$214,937
A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway – Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Financial Independence$25,000
Total for Florida (3 projects)
 
$884,749
IdahoPioneer Historic Byway Sign Plan Implementation$99,410
Payette River Scenic Byway – Corridor Management Plan Implementation$24,852
Northwest Passage – Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Phase 2$24,852
Implementation of Corridor Management Plan – Pend Oreille Scenic Byway$24,852
Total for Idaho (4 projects)
 
$173,966
IllinoisCorridor Management Plan Implementation - Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route$25,000
Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Ohio River Scenic Byway$25,000
Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Historic National Road$25,000
Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Great River Road$25,000
Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Lincoln Highway$25,000
Total for Illinois (5 projects)
 
$125,000
IndianaIndiana Historic National Road Management and Development: Building a Sustainable Organization$25,000
Implementation of Corridor Management Plan: Marketing/Public Awareness & Professional Development - Ohio River Scenic Byway$25,000
Historic National Road Twigg Rest Area - Site Completion$192,654
Total for Indiana (3 projects)
 
$242,654
IowaCorridor Management Plan Implementation - Loess Hills Scenic$25,000
Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Great River Road$25,000
Total for Iowa (2 projects)
 
$50,000
KentuckyInterpretive Information Development - For 40 southeast Kentucky counties$99,411
Marketing - Three National and one State Scenic Byway in southeast Kentucky$820,133
Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Wilderness Road Heritage Highway$24,852
Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Red River Gorge Scenic Byway$24,852
Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Country Music Highway$24,852
Total for Kentucky (5 projects)
 
$994,100
LouisianaCorridor Management Plan Implementation - Creole Nature Trail$25,000
Installation of Byway Logo Signs - Northwest Louisiana Scenic$17,200
Total for Louisiana (2 projects)
 
$42,200
MaineCorridor Management Plan Implementation - Old Canada Road$24,000
Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway$25,000
Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Schoodic Scenic$25,000
Total for Maine (3 projects)
 
$74,000
MarylandChesapeake Country - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 1$25,000
Historic National Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 2$25,000
Total for Maryland (2 projects)
 
$50,000
MassachusettsOld King's Highway/Route 6A Improvements$795,280
Total for Massachusetts (1 project)
 
$795,280
MichiganWoodward Ave/M-1 - Developing the Byway Story$437,404
Total for Michigan (1 project)
 
$437,404
MinnesotaHistoric Bluff Country Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Phase 2$25,000
North Shore Scenic Drive - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Phase 4$25,000
Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, 2004$25,000
Great River Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Increase Grassroots Support, Phase 4$25,000
Grand Rounds Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation Phase 4$24,960
Total for Minnesota (5 projects)
 
$124,960
MissouriClarksville Refuge Interpretive Site - Little Dixie Highway$52,000
Little Dixie Highway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 2$16,800
Georgia Street Historic District Interpretive Site - Little Dixie Highway$79,930
Total for Missouri (3 projects)
 
$148,730
MontanaBeartooth Highway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Phase 1 (MT and WY)$25,000
Total for Montana (1 project)
 
$25,000
NebraskaCorridor Management Plan - Lincoln Highway Nebraska Byway$26,000
Total for Nebraska (1 project)
 
$26,000
NevadaMost Beautiful Drive in America Brochure - Lake Tahoe - Eastshore Drive$28,400
Total for Nevada (1 project)
 
$28,400
New HampshireWhite Mountain Trail Business Development Plan: Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 2$25,000
Total for New Hampshire (1 project)
 
$25,000
New MexicoSmokey Bear Historical Park Restrooms - Billy the Kid Trail$34,400
Smokey Bear Historical Park Interpretive Signs - Billy the Kid Trail$5,040
Jemez Mountain Trail Historic Roadside Information Project - Jemez Mountain Trail$12,721
City of Espanola El Camino Real Scenic Byway Alignment$59,646
Total for New Mexico (4 projects)
 
$111,807
New YorkAdirondack North Country Byways: Regional Marketing$442,000
Lakes to Locks Passage: Elizabethtown Waypoint Visitor Center$221,407
Adirondack North Country Byways: Invasive Plants$99,925
Upper Delaware Byway: Marketing$49,000
Lakes to Locks Passage: Develop Sustainable Partnerships - Corridor Management Plan Implementation$25,000
Mohawk Towpath Byway: Interpretive Signage$11,500
Mohawk Towpath Byway: Byway Guide Book$12,500
Lakes to Locks Passage: Chesterfield Tourist Interpretive Center$280,700
Seaway Trail: Byway Traveler Information System$139,440
Cayuga Lake Byway: Web Design and Marketing$12,000
Lakes to Locks Passage: Champlain Pedestrian and Bike Trail Design$49,680
Southern Adirondack Trail: Tourist Interpretation Center$95,000
Southern Adirondack Trail: Greenway Reconnaissance$3,200
Seaway Trail: Byway Interpretive Signage$103,320
Seaway Trail: Byway Conservation Planning$108,040
Seaway Trail: Byway Market Targeting and Communication Plan$50,188
Seaway Trail: Travel Trade Partnerships$100,300
Seaway Trail - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Sustainability$25,000
Lakes to Locks Passage: Slate Valley Waypoint Interpretive Center$160,000
Total for New York (19 projects)
 
$1,988,200
North DakotaImplementation of Corridor Management Plan - Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway$25,000
Total for North Dakota (1 project)
 
$25,000
OhioOhio River Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan$25,000
CanalWay Ohio Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation$25,000
Historic National Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation$25,000
Amish Country Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation$25,000
Total for Ohio (4 projects)
 
$100,000
OklahomaTalimena Scenic Drive Vistas-Interpretive Information Replacement & Signage$28,960
Total for Oklahoma (1 project)
 
$28,960
OregonWest Cascades Scenic Byway - Entry Portal Orientation Panels & Byway Interpretation at Estacada, Detroit and Westfir$73,600
Total for Oregon (1 project)
 
$73,600
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Historic National Road - Implementation of a Comprehensive Marketing Plan$25,000
Total for Pennsylvania (1 project)
 
$25,000
Rhode IslandPost Road (Route 1) - Corridor Management Plan$65,360
Total for Rhode Island (1 project)
 
$65,360
South CarolinaUS 78 Bamberg Scenic Highway Project$3,976,400
Total for South Carolina (1 project)
 
$3,976,400
South DakotaPeter Norbeck Scenic Byway - Fuels Management and Scenery Enhancement$107,000
Cheyenne River - Native American Scenic Byway - Interpretive$60,000
Total for South Dakota (2 projects)
 
$167,000
TennesseeImplementation of Corridor Management Plan - Cherohala Skyway$25,000
Total for Tennessee (1 project)
 
$25,000
UtahImplementation of Corridor Management Plan - Logan Canyon Scenic Byway$25,000
Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Scenic Highway 12$25,000
Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Nebo Loop Scenic Byway$24,056
Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - The Energy Loop$22,464
Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway$25,000
Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway (UT and CO)$25,000
Total for Utah (6 projects)
 
$146,520
VirginiaAmherst County Greenway$994,100
Mason Creek Greenway$994,100
Total for Virginia (2 projects)
 
$1,988,200
WashingtonSnoqualmie Point View Park, Washington - Mountains to Sound Greenway-I-90$596,460
SR 410 Welcome Center - Chinook Scenic Byway$1,277,419
Total for Washington (2 projects)
 
$1,873,879
West VirginiaImplementation of Corridor Management Plan - Washington Heritage Trail$20,000
Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Midland Trail$25,000
Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Historic National Road$22,884
Total for West Virginia (3 projects)
 
$67,884
Grand Total:$15,444,751
Total Projects Funded:104

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