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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 6, 2006
Contact: Stephanie Roth
(202) 366-0660
FHWA 02-06

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $22 Million In Grants For 207 Scenic Byways Projects

Washington, DC – Local communities in 42 states will receive more than $22 million in federal grants for 207 projects that improve and promote highways designated as scenic byways, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced today.

The grants are part of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program, which recognizes and enhances selected roads based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational or scenic qualities. The grants will be used for projects such as scenic overlooks, visitor information centers, pedestrian trails, bike paths, safety upgrades, and educational and promotional materials.

Scenic byways capture our imagination, lead us to understanding, and fill us with wonder," Mineta said. "This investment ensures that we can protect and promote the roads that make America great," he added.

Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has awarded more than $250 million in grants for more than 1,800 state and nationally designated byway projects.

“The grants we’re announcing today will help preserve and promote a collection of diverse American roads that provide unique travel destinations and support countless small businesses,” said Federal Highway Deputy Administrator J. Richard Capka.

More information about the National Scenic Byways Program is available on the Internet at www.bywaysonline.org.

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Note: The following table lists the National Scenic Byways Program grants. For more information on specific projects, please contact FHWA public affairs at 202-366-0660.

National Scenic Byways Projects

StateProject NameAmount Funded
AlabamaSelma Interpretive Center - Selma to Montgomery March Byway$528,693
Total for Alabama (1 project)$528,693
AlaskaInterpreting Alaska's Marine Highway Wildlife Story$112,520
Official Alaska State Highway & Byway Map$83,050
Richardson Highway Corridor Management Plan$120,000
Glenn Highway Corridor Management Plan Implementation (Year 3)$25,000
Glenn Highway Scenic Byway Public Relations Outreach Project$117,880
Total for Alaska (5 projects)$458,450
ArizonaScenic Byways Brochures to Market Arizona's Scenic Byways$77,600
Resource Protection Plan for Dine'Tah "Among the People" Scenic Byway (AZ and NM)$64,000
Arizona Highways 2005-Marketing Scenic Byways Website & Book$164,480
Update Application Procedures for Parkway, Historic and Scenic Roads in Arizona$21,000
Interpretive Plan for Dine'Tah "Among the People" Scenic Byway (AZ and NM)$104,000
Total for Arizona (5 projects)$431,080
ArkansasCrowley's Ridge Parkway - Implementation of Corridor Management Plan [Year 3]$25,000
Arkansas Great River Road - Implementation of Corridor Management Plan [Year 2]$25,000
Wynne Visitor Kiosks - Crowley's Ridge Parkway$200,640
Mississippi River State Park Visitor Center$280,800
Total for Arkansas (4 projects)$531,440
CaliforniaVolcanic Legacy Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Community Partnership Support [Year 3]$25,000
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Interpretive Plans$66,320
San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway/Route 1 - Cayucos Scenic Viewshed Acquisition$500,000
Marketing the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, "Scenic Highways and Byways of Northern California"$74,333
Cayucos Old Creek Bridge Crossing - San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway$200,000
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Orientation Stations$318,700
Total for California (6 projects)$1,184,353
ColoradoGrand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway - Westbench Trailhead Restroom & Interpretive Signage$67,000
West Elk Loop Byway Wayside Exhibit Panels$32,000
Colorado River Headwaters Business Plan$40,330
Trail of the Ancients Marketing Plan$32,000
Flat Tops Trail Scenic and Historic Byway Planning, Training and Marketing Project$50,000
Byway Market Niche Research Program - Statewide$80,000
Alpine Loop Scenic Byway Travel Management Plan$55,000
Unaweep/Tabequache Scenic and Historic Byway - Marketing Plan$64,800
San Juan Skyway Conservation Easement$100,000
Gold Belt Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 5]$25,000
Frontier Pathways - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 5]$25,000
Top of the Rockies - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 5]$25,000
San Juan Skyway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 3]$25,000
Grand Mesa - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 5]$25,000
Santa Fe Trail - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 4]$25,000
Top of the Rockies - Climax Mine Site Interpretation Project$17,300
Total for Colorado (16 projects)$688,430
DelawareBrandywine Valley Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan Implementation$87,600
Total for Delaware (1 project)$87,600
FloridaIndian River Lagoon - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 2]$25,000
A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 3]$25,000
2006-2007 Statewide Byways Conference$32,344
Old Florida Heritage Highway - Corridor Management$105,440
Total for Florida (4 projects)$187,784
GeorgiaHistoric Piedmont Scenic Byway - Rock Hawk Effigy Mound Improvements and Marketing Materials$70,472
Cohutta - Chattahoochee Scenic Byway - Construction of Three Trailheads$325,550
Total for Georgia (2 projects)$396,022
IdahoPayette River Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation (Phase 3)$25,000
Pend Oreille Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation (Phase 3)$25,000
Northwest Passage Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation (Phase 3)$25,000
Idaho Scenic Byways Promotion and Marketing Program$92,392
Northwest Passage Scenic Byway - Auto Tour CD/Map Update$22,250
Ponderosa Pine, Salmon River, and Sawtooth Scenic Byways - Stanley Visitor Center Renovation$138,232
Western Heritage Historic Byway - On-Road Bike/Ped Path, Signage$640,000
Total for Idaho (7 projects)$967,874
IllinoisIllinois Lincoln Highway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation (Year 5)$25,000
Historic National Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation (Year 5)$25,000
Ohio River Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation (Year 5)$25,000
Marquette and Joliet Wetlands Nature Walk - Meeting of the Great Rivers$56,000
Trio of Brochures for Great River Road in Illinois - New Agri-Tourism Brochure, Coloring Book, and Updated Centerpiece Brochure$55,680
Illinois Lincoln Highway - Interpretive Facilities Implementation - Phase I$184,800
Byway Marketing Activities - Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route$78,400
Metropolis/Massac County Mural Project - Ohio River Scenic Byway$80,000
Children's Garden - Great River Road$750,000
Total for Illinois (9 projects)$1,279,880
IndianaOhio River Scenic Byway of Indiana: Plan Update and Professional Development (Year 4)$25,000
Indiana National Road Association Sustainment and Future Planning (Year 4)$25,000
Trail Construction and Interpretation of the Whitewater River Gorge - Historic National Road$320,000
Total for Indiana (3 projects)$370,000
KansasStatewide Scenic Byway Conference 2006$21,280
Kansas Scenic Byways Kiosks$128,000
Statewide Byway Video and Photographs for Media$53,520
Flint Hills Scenic Byway - Restoration of Historic Council Grove "Bowers" Community Center Phase II$47,334
Total for Kansas (4 projects)$250,134
LouisianaReview of Statewide Program and Development of Comprehensive Management Plans for Several Byways$176,000
13-Parish Byways Project-CD of the Byways/Small Brochure$7,200
Creole Nature Trail All-American Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 4]$25,000
Total for Louisiana (3 projects)$208,200
MaineRangeley Lakes Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 5]$25,000
Schoodic Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 5]$25,000
Acadia Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 3]$24,000
Old Canada Road Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 5]$24,800
State Route 27 - Chain of Ponds Scenic Overlook$46,400
Schoodic Scenic Byway - Winter Harbor Sidewalks and Interpretive Signage$100,000
Old Canada Road - Financial Sustainability Project$32,200
State Route 27 - Flagstaff Lake Scenic Overlook$60,160
Old Canada Road - Interpretation in Sandy Bay and Solon$22,080
Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway - Restrooms$150,000
Total for Maine (10 projects)$509,640
MarylandHistoric National Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 3]$25,000
Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Implementation [Year 2]$25,000
"15 on 15" Marketing Program for the Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byway (US15)$44,480
Maryland Scenic Byways Economic Impact and Market Study$144,000
Michener's Chesapeake Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan$160,000
Religious Freedom Tour Corridor Management Plan$150,400
Historic National Road Community Design Guides$60,000
Total for Maryland (7 projects)$608,880
MassachusettsJacob’s Ladder Trail, Hampden Park Rehabilitation$126,917
Essex National Heritage Area Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan$96,000
Wachusett Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan$88,000
Total for Massachusetts (3 projects)$310,917
MichiganWoodward Avenue - Implementation of Corridor Management [Year 2]$24,000
Iron County Heritage Trail, US-2: Pathway Feasibility Study$60,000
Woodward Avenue - Developing the Byway Story Phase II$396,000
M-119 Tunnel of Trees Wooden Bridge Project$320,000
Total for Michigan (4 projects)$800,000
MinnesotaSt. Croix Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Development$69,600
Historic Bluff Country - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 3]$25,000
North Shore Scenic Drive - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 5]$25,000
Minnesota River Valley - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 2]$25,000
Edge of the Wilderness - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 5]$25,000
Great River Road - - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 5]$25,000
Minnesota River Valley - Interpretative Panels$29,600
Explore Minnesota Tourism - Marketing Minnesota's Scenic Byways$90,000
North Shore Scenic Drive - Wayfinding$64,800
Great River Road - TH 371 Rest Area Interpretive Planning and Installation$80,000
Lake Country Scenic Byway - Community Signs$44,400
Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway - McKinney Lake Recreation Area$75,000
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway - Interpretive Plan Implementation (Tour Brochure)$20,158
Glacial Ridge Trail - Trail Development/Interpretation at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center$11,600
Great River Road - Babe the Blue Ox Rehabilitation$68,000
Scenic Highway - (CSAH 10/39) Logo Signing Project$6,500
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway - Historic mailcarrier interpretation for byway visitors$40,560
Total for Minnesota (17 projects)$725,218
MississippiNatchez Trace Parkway Marketing Enhancement Plan (AL, MS & TN)$184,200
Total for Mississippi (1 project)$184,200
MissouriThe Old Trails Road: Corridor Management Plan and Interpretive Booklet$88,000
Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road: Holcim Cement Plant and Clarksville Refuge Interpretive Site - Phase 2$411,626
Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 3]$24,000
Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road: The Slave-Slaveholder Connection$11,110
Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road: Buffalo Fort Interpretive Site$28,089
Total for Missouri (5 projects)$562,825
MontanaBeartooth All-American Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Phase 2 (MT and WY)$25,000
Total for Montana (1 project)$25,000
NebraskaNebraska Byways Membership Recruitment and Education Packets$117,998
Heritage Tourism along Nebraska's Nine Byways$82,516
Lincoln Highway Marketing and Advertising Plan$16,000
Nebraska Byways - Audio/Visual Updates for Videos, TV and Radio Commercials$115,612
Total for Nebraska (4 projects)$332,126
NevadaNevada Scenic Byway Logo Revitalization and Sign Replacement Program$37,600
Nevada: Statewide Byway Marketing Plan$12,000
Lamoille Canyon Corridor Management Plan$20,190
Total for Nevada (3 projects)$69,790
New HampshireWhite Mountain Trail: Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 4]$25,000
White Mountain Trail/Kancamagus Scenic Byway - Mt. Washington Scenic Overlook Improvements$360,000
New Hampshire North Country Byways: Stewartstown Scenic & Cultural Byway Historic Resource Protection Project: Phase I$134,999
Total for New Hampshire (3 projects)$519,999
New MexicoTurquoise Trail - Madrid Cultural Projects Restroom Facilities & Interpretive Display$84,100
El Camino Real - Santa Fe County Interpretive Plan and Signs along the Santa Fe River$39,941
Jemez Mountain Trail - Red Rock Restroom Construction Project$56,000
Native Heritage Trail - Corridor Management Plan$31,794
Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan$32,400
Statewide Scenic Byways Drive-Market Penetration Campaign & Collateral Enhancement$80,000
El Camino Real/Route 66 Urban Plaza and Interpretation on Isleta Boulevard$80,800
Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway - Marketing$52,800
Jemez Mountain Trail - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 2]$25,000
Santa Fe Trail - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 1]$25,000
Total for New Mexico (10 projects)$507,835
New YorkNew York State Scenic Byways: Multiple Byway Signing Project$240,424
Lakes to Locks Passage: Developing Sustainable Partnerships - Corridor Management Plan Implementation (Year 3)$25,000
Lakes to Locks Passage: Corridor Management Plan Update Project$64,000
Seaway Trail: Birding the Seaway Trail Project$144,700
Mohawk Towpath Byway: Trail Linking Waterford Harbor to Lock No. 2 Project$30,790
Adirondack North Country Byways: Web Marketing Project$72,000
Route 20 Scenic Byway: Marketing Plan Project$60,000
Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway: Interpretive Signage Project$34,916
Lakes to Locks Passage: Visitor Information and Interpretation Project$190,000
Total for New York (9 projects)$861,830
North DakotaSheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway – Corridor Management Plan Implementation (Year 3)$23,311
Standing Rock Native American Scenic Byway - Traveler Services$172,000
Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway: Byway Facilities$29,258
Standing Rock Native American Scenic Byway "Pageant of the Plains"$25,000
Total for North Dakota (4 projects)$249,569
OhioOhio National Road Association - Corridor Management Plan Implementation (Year 2)$25,000
CanalWay Ohio - Corridor Management Implementation [Year 2]$25,000
Ohio River Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 3]$25,000
Amish Country Byway Organization & Volunteer Development: Master Naturalist Program [Year 3]$25,000
CanalWay Signage - Phase 1$400,000
Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 1]$25,000
Total for Ohio (6 projects)$525,000
OklahomaRobert S. Kerr Nature Center - Interpretive Signs - Talimena Scenic Drive$150,000
Oklahoma Statewide Policy, Training, and Marketing Project$8,200
Marketing the Talimena Scenic Drive (OK and AR)$4,800
Robert S. Kerr Interpretive Center-ADA Improvements Project - Talimena Scenic Drive$51,800
Total for Oklahoma (4 projects)$304,800
OregonVolcanic Legacy All-American Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 1]$25,000
Hells Canyon All-American Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 2]$25,000
Pacific Coast Scenic Byway - All-American Road Marketing Brochure$25,600
Hells Canyon All-American Road - Interpretation Plan, Phase II$108,593
Volcanic Legacy All-American Road - Crystal Springs Byway Orientation Station$39,500
Pacific Coast Scenic Byway - South Tillamook Vehicle Turnouts$258,000
Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 1]$25,000
Elkhorn Scenic Byway - Interpretive Sites$302,000
Total for Oregon (8 projects)$808,693
PennsylvaniaHistoric National Road – Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 2]$22,500
Seaway Trail - Shades Beach Park Off-Shore Improvements Project$500,000
Total for Pennsylvania (2 projects)$522,500
South CarolinaCherokee Foothills Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation (Year 4)$25,000
Bohicket Road Corridor Management Plan$34,760
Corridor Management and Coordination Plan of 8 Lowcountry Scenic Highways$41,200
Edisto Scenic Highway 174 Corridor Management Plan$57,472
Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway - Restoration & Adaptation of Blythe-Goodwin-Hagood House$493,672
Total for South Carolina (5 projects)$652,104
South DakotaBismarck Lake Accessible Boardwalk Trail and Day Use Facility – Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway$176,000
Cheyenne River - Native American Scenic Byway Points of Interest Signage Project$82,464
Total for South Dakota (2 projects)$258,464
TennesseeScenic Byway Corridor Management Plan - Tennessee River Trails$187,264
Total for Tennessee (1 project)$187,264
UtahCottonwood Canyons Corridor Management and Interpretive Plans$240,000
Dead Horse Point Mesa Scenic Byway & Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway - CMP Development & Exhibit Design & Construction$32,000
Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway - Non-Motorized Trail Project$418,687
Total for Utah (3 projects)$690,687
VermontSmugglers' Notch Scenic Route - Phase IV: Notch Proper & Barnes Camp Visitor Centers$925,000
Total for Vermont (1 project)$925,000
VirginiaVirginia Capital Trail Interpretive Information - Route 5 Scenic Byway$85,200
International Marketing Campaign for Virginia and Maryland Byways$94,748
Marketing the Colonial Parkway and America's Historic Triangle$396,000
Total for Virginia (3 projects)$575,948
WashingtonThe River and The Road Implementation Project - North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway$189,360
Byway Facilities & Interpretive Improvements, Phase 2 - Coulee Corridor$165,800
Olympic Coastal Corridor Visitor Center - Pacific Coast Scenic Byway$278,000
Byway Facility Implementation - Palouse Scenic Byway$112,096
Mountains to Sound Greenway Wayside Exhibits Project$45,000
Mountains to Sound Greenway - Implementation of Corridor Management Plan [Year 2]$25,000
Total for Washington (6 projects)$815,256
West VirginiaStaunton Pakersburg Turnpike Interpretive Signs & Audio History$89,600
Mountain Parkway Treasures Within the Mountains IV - Restroom Facilities$28,362
Historic National Road - Implementation of Corridor Management Plan [Year 3]$25,000
Washington Heritage Trail - Implementation of Corridor Management Plan [Year 4]$25,000
Midland Trail - Implementation of Corridor Management Plan [Year 5]$25,000
Paint Creek Scenic Trail Corridor Management Plan$80,000
Country Roads Corridor Management Plan$50,000
Historic National Road Audio Walking Tour and Touchscreen Kiosks$48,117
Washington Heritage Trail Interpretive Signs and Living History Program$112,240
Midland Trail Interpretive Historic Murals and Brochure$256,477
Marketing North Central Byways and Backways through a Website$11,540
Total for West Virginia (11 projects)$751,336
WisconsinGreat River Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation [Year 3]$25,000
Great River Road - "Just Around the Next River Bend..." - Marketing$25,000
Potosi Great River Road Visitor Center & Potosi Brewery Museum$397,844
Total for Wisconsin (3 projects)$447,844
WyomingShell Falls Redevelopment Project--Facilities Construction and Exhibit Fabrication$1,154,835
Total for Wyoming (1 project)$1,154,835
Grand Total:$22,457,500
Total Projects Funded:207

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