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FHWA 29-09Contact: Doug Hecox
Friday, October 9, 2009Phone: 202-366-0660

Federal Highway Administration Awards Nearly $41 Million for Scenic Byways

WASHINGTON - Communities in 43 states will receive $40.7 million for 160 projects to improve and promote highways designated as scenic byways, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez announced today.

"I join Secretary LaHood in his commitment to protecting and promotings roads that are American icons," Administrator Mendez said. "We're proud to help tell each road's unique story."

Projects funded by the grants include improving visitor access to Chalk Bluff along the Crowley Ridge Parkway in Arkansas, a visitor contact station at Denali along the George Parks Highway in Alaska, and construction of pedestrian and bicycling facilities along scenic byways in Oregon.

The grants are part of the Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byways Program, which recognizes and provides funding for roads designated either locally or nationally as having outstanding scenic, historic, cultural, natural, recreational and archaeological qualities.

Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has awarded almost $388 million in funding for more than 2,832 state, tribal and nationally designated byway projects in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

The strength of this program is the voluntary, grassroots support of local advocates in communities throughout the country who nominate and promote outstanding roads for this recognition.

A list of this year's grant recipients is available online at http://byways.org/press/news/releases/2009/1924

National Scenic Byways Fiscal Year 2009 Scenic Byways Projects Recommended for Funding

Primary State Project Name Funded Amount ($)
Alabama Coastal Connection Byway Wayshowing Program: Signage Plan
80,000
Alabama Construction of Pullovers for Wayside Exhibits on Selma to Montgomery NHT/SB
201,600
  Total for Alabama (2 Projects)
281,600
Alaska George Parks Highway Scenic Byway
Master Interpretive Plan
80,000
Alaska George Parks Byway
South Denali Visitor Contact Station
1,000,000
  Total for Alaska (2 Projects)
1,080,000
Arizona Route 66 - Assessment for Preservation of Historic Navajo County Courthouse and Museum
8,000
Arizona Route 66 - Museum and Visitor Center (Kingman Powerhouse)
220,241
Arizona Red Rock Scenic Byway
Interpretation - Phase 2
320,000
Arizona Route 66 - Marketing Plan
75,740
Arizona Navajo Nation Scenic Byways Interpretive Plan
123,225
Arizona Navajo Nation Scenic Byway Program Resource Protection Plan
258,600
  Total for Arizona (6 Projects)
1,005,806
Arkansas Crowley Ridge Parkway
Chalk Bluff Visitor Access
622,174
Arkansas Crowley's Ridge Parkway Trail
Jonesboro Section
1,766,525
  Total for Arkansas (2 Projects)
2,388,699
California Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
Community Partnership CMP
40,820
California Highway 395: Corridor Management Plan
196,000
California Central Sierra Nevada Scenic Byways Geotourism MapGuide
205,000
California Ebbetts Pass Interpretive Plan and Kiosk Facilities
122,000
California Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat National Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Revision and Extension
242,940
California Establishing the Yurok Scenic Byways Program
144,833
  Total for California (6 Projects)
951,593
Colorado Top of the Rockies - Update of Corridor and Interpretive Management Plans
100,000
Colorado Silver Thread Byway - Interpretive Sites
105,000
Colorado Gold Belt Byway - Resource Protection
70,000
Colorado San Juan Skyway - Resource Protection
125,000
Colorado West Elk Loop - Redstone Coke Ovens Restoration
113,100
  Total for Colorado (5 Projects)
513,100
Delaware Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway  Corridor Management Plan
149,600
Delaware Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway
Carrying Capacity and Preservation Plan
120,000
  Total for Delaware (2 Projects)
269,600
Florida Florida Scenic Highways Program - DVD Series, Themed Guides and GPS Itineraries
232,000
Florida Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail - Wayfinding and Interpretation Assessment Plan
88,000
Florida River of Lakes Heritage - Marketing Plan, Promotion, and Web Site Development
72,000
Florida Florida Keys Scenic Highway Interpretive Panels Grant
45,000
Florida Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway Master Plan
244,000
  Total for Florida (5 Projects)
681,000
Hawaii Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor Development of a Corridor Management Plan
29,140
  Total for Hawaii (1 Project)
29,140
Idaho Statewide Byway Videos
81,200
Idaho Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway
Corridor Management Plan
49,600
Idaho Western Heritage Byway
Interpretive Plan Implementation
18,240
Idaho International Selkirk Loop
CMP Implementation
88,672
  Total for Idaho (4 Projects)
237,712
Illinois Ohio River Scenic Byway - Hospitality Training, Historic Site Research
49,568
Illinois Great River Road - Multimedia iPod Tours and Interactive Online Study Units for Young Byway Travelers
229,296
Illinois Great River Road - Piasa Creek Information Site Bridge
263,508
Illinois National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia
101,750
Illinois Historic Route 66 - Experience Hubs and Signage
395,600
  Total for Illinois (5 Projects)
1,039,722
Indiana Ohio River Scenic Byway Interpretive Kiosks
50,000
Indiana Indiana's Historic Pathways Road Signs
20,000
  Total for Indiana (2 Projects)
70,000
Iowa Iowa Byways Signage Program Implementation
580,000
Iowa Driftless Area Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Development Project
175,600
Iowa River Bluffs Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Development Project
188,800
Iowa Western Skies Scenic Byway - Development of Corridor Management Plan
188,800
Iowa Loess Hills - Corridor Management 2009
23,720
Iowa Great River Road - Mississippi River
Eco-Tourism Center
760,007
  Total for Iowa (6 Projects)
1,916,927
Kansas Digital Media, Website Development and Marketing for Kansas Scenic Byways
160,000
Kansas Flint Hills Scenic Byway - Pioneer Bluffs Prairie Information and Education Center Visitor Parking
76,000
Kansas Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway - Revealing the Road to the Byway Traveler Interpretive Project
160,000
  Total for Kansas (3 Projects)
396,000
Kentucky Discover the Uncommon Wealth of Kentucky's Scenic Byways: Promotion and Interpretation to Enhance the Visitor Experience
337,000
Kentucky Mary Ingles Scenic Highway - Development of a Corridor Management Plan
60,000
Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway - Wayfinding and Interpretation Assessment and Plan
144,000
  Total for Kentucky (3 Projects)
541,000
Louisiana Myths and Legends Byway - Interpretive Plan
322,169
Louisiana North Louisiana Region Byways - Audio Video Tour Guide
365,948
Louisiana Wetlands Cultural Trail - Interpretive Plan
31,360
  Total for Louisiana (3 Projects)
719,477
Maine Schoodic Scenic Byway - Gordon's Pier Recreational Access
44,000
Maine Fish River Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation
32,740
Maine Seboomook Scenic Byway - Development of a Corridor Management Plan
31,500
Maine Blackwoods Byway - Corridor Management Planning and Administration
25,000
Maine Old Canada Road Scenic Byway - Forks Area Scenic Trail- Completion of 3-Year Project
225,874
  Total for Maine (5 Projects)
359,114
Maryland Managing and Marketing Maryland Byways Strategic Priorities
5,569,600
Maryland Interpreting and Marketing Charles Street
60,800
Maryland C&O Canal-Clara Barton Parkway/NHS & Glen Echo Park: Develop a Corridor Management Plan and Create Interpretive Materials
48,728
Maryland Historic Restoration at Clara Barton National Historic Site
57,744
  Total for Maryland (4 Projects)
5,736,872
Massachusetts Mt. Greylock Scenic Byway - Summit Improvements at Bascom Lodge and War Memorial Tower
800,000
Massachusetts Route 116 Scenic Byway
Corridor Management Plan
198,235
Massachusetts Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway
Land Protection Project
748,800
Massachusetts Connecticut River Scenic Farm Byway
Franklin County Land Protection
416,000
  Total for Massachusetts (4 Projects)
2,163,035
Michigan Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Trailway Project
800,000
Michigan M-15 Recreational Heritage Route Trail Pathway Project
580,816
Michigan Developing the Tahquamenon Story
179,800
Michigan River Road Wayfinding and Interpretive Signs
80,550
  Total for Michigan (4 Projects)
1,641,166
Minnesota North Shore Scenic Drive - Corridor Management Plan Update
26,400
Minnesota Superior National Forest Scenic Byway  Corridor Management Plan Update
16,000
Minnesota Grand Rounds - Mississippi Gorge  Parking/Overlook
150,000
Minnesota Edge of the Wilderness Byway - Discovery Center: Interpretive and Recreational Facilities
140,000
Minnesota Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway
US-Dakota War Mobile Broadband Tour
183,000
  Total for Minnesota (5 Projects)
515,400
Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway – Marketing/Visitor Information Enhancement Plan
194,028
Mississippi Great River Road - Woodville Hospitality Station Welcome Center
2,200,000
Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway - Ridgeland Visitor Center Modernization
100,000
  Total for Mississippi (3 Projects)
2,494,028
Nebraska Marketing Materials
44,800
Nebraska Thematic Podcasts
151,680
  Total for Nebraska (2 Projects)
196,480
Nevada Valley of Fire State Park Roadways
Fire Canyon Overlook Improvements
720,000
Nevada Downtown Las Vegas Boulevard Scenic Byway  Restoration of Two Historic Neon Signs
313,760
  Total for Nevada (2 Projects)
1,033,760
New Hampshire General John Stark Scenic Byway
Marketing Materials
20,400
New Hampshire Connecticut River Byway - Interpretive Center and Historic Resource Protection (Phase II)
258,200
New Hampshire Connecticut River Byway - Mastlands, Cornish Art Colony Historic Preservation Project
135,600
  Total for New Hampshire (3 Projects)
414,200
New Jersey Bayshore Heritage Byway - Corridor Management Plan
228,125
New Jersey Southern Pinelands Natural Heritage Trail - Byway Startup Efforts
26,000
New Jersey Delaware River Scenic Byway - D&R Canal Access Plans
288,800
New Jersey Delaware River Scenic Byway - Restroom Design and Construction
233,800
  Total for New Jersey (4 Projects)
776,725
New Mexico Signage for all of New Mexico's 26 byways
165,000
New Mexico Exhibits and Interpretive Services for the Interpretive Center at Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site
100,000
New Mexico Geronimo Trail - Outdoor Adventures Brochure
8,000
New Mexico Billy the Kid Trail - Corridor Management Plan Implementation
28,000
New Mexico Salt Missions Trail - CMP & Organization Development
55,000
  Total for New Mexico (5 Projects)
356,000
New York Multi-Media State and National Scenic Byways Marketing Campaign
250,400
New York Mohawk Towpath National Scenic Byway: Corridor Management Plan Advanced Implementation
14,400
New York Adirondack North Country Scenic Byways: Accessibility Assessment and Public Awareness Guide
240,000
New York Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway: Signing and Interpretive Plan Development and Implementation
66,464
New York Lakes to Locks Passage All American Road: Multi-Modal Interpretation Hudson Crossing Park and Byway Heritage Center
250,320
  Total for New York (5 Projects)
821,584
North Carolina Mountain Waters Scenic Byway
Dry Falls Project
512,000
North Carolina Nantahala Byway
Viewshed Protection on Wood Farm
1,098,500
  Total for North Carolina (2 Projects)
1,610,500
North Dakota Native American Scenic Byway
Sitting Bull Visitor Information Center
550,000
North Dakota Sheyenne River Valley
Corridor Managment Plan
60,000
  Total for North Dakota (2 Projects)
610,000
Ohio Ohio River Scenic Byway
Interpretive Kiosks
50,000
Ohio Historic National Road - Western Gateway
10,500
  Total for Ohio (2 Projects)
60,500
Oklahoma Wichita Mountains Geological Plaza Restrooms
44,056
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum Making History Modern: The Renovation of Exhibit Galleries
120,000
Oklahoma Route 66 Banner Program
4,000
Oklahoma Cherokee Hills Byway - Comprehensive Master Plan, Interpretive Plan and Marketing Plan
100,000
  Total for Oklahoma (4 Projects)
268,056
Oregon Mt. Hood National Scenic Byway - CMP Implementation Phase 4
17,280
Oregon Visitor Orientation/Interpretation - Clackamas-Breitenbush Segment of West Cascades NSB
5,056
Oregon Off The Beaten Freeway - An Interactive Guide to Oregon's Scenic Byways
313,000
Oregon Yaquina Bay Bridge Lighting Project
56,000
Oregon West Cascades Scenic Byway
Transportation and Byway Recreation Exhibits - Detroit Portal
11,600
Oregon Rogue-Umqua Scenic Byway - Susan Creek Byway Facilities Project
1,200,000
Oregon Pacific Coast Scenic Byway - Lincoln City Bike and Pedestrian Bridge
645,000
  Total for Oregon (7 Projects)
2,247,936
South Carolina Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway
The Blue Wall Connection -- Scenic Corridor Linkage Tract
197,518
South Carolina Andrew Pickens Scenic Pull Out to View Table Rock
25,000
  Total for South Carolina (2 Projects)
222,518
South Dakota Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway - Wrinkled Rock Climbing Area - Safety Improvements & Resource Protection (Phase 2)
129,600
South Dakota Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway - Resource Protection
536,000
South Dakota The Earthlodge Villages of the Native American Scenic Byway: Preserving and Interpreting Cultural Heritage
109,615
South Dakota Native American Scenic Byway - Earthlodge Byway Facility Enhancement Project
31,446
  Total for South Dakota (4 Projects)
806,661
Tennessee TRTA Interpretative Information Project
152,000
Tennessee Mississippi River Corridor - Visitor Interpretive Information
80,320
Tennessee Sequatchie Valley Byway
80,000
Tennessee Timberland Park Visitor Improvements
199,960
Tennessee Cherohala Skyway Marketing Grant
24,000
  Total for Tennessee (5 Projects)
536,280
Utah Dinosaur Diamond National Scenic Byway Signage Project
79,088
Utah Flaming Gorge - Uintas National Scenic Byways
Wayshowing and Sign Enhancement Project
101,000
Utah Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway Nations of the Four Corners Project
164,000
Utah Zion Park Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan
60,000
Utah Scenic Byway 12 Interpretive Media Design and Publication
46,400
  Total for Utah (5 Projects)
450,488
Vermont Stone Valley Byway Intepretive Panels and Podcasts
91,492
Vermont Lake Champlain Byway
Visitor Information Publications
67,999
Vermont Connecticut River Byway Windsor Waypoint Interpretive Functionality Project
26,360
Vermont Connecticut River National Scenic Byway
Mt. Ascutney Scenic Protection (Fellows Estate)
140,960
  Total for Vermont (4 Projects)
326,811
Virginia Visit Skyline Drive
250,352
Virginia Journey Through Hallowed Ground Visual and Graphic Identity
214,400
  Total for Virginia (2 Projects)
464,752
Washington North Cascades Scenic Highway
Mazama Viewshed Protection, Phase 2
324,210
Washington Revisiting Washington: Scenic Byways Interactive Travel Planning Website
156,000
Washington San Juan Islands Scenic Byway
Branding and Wayshowing
33,190
Washington Okanogan Scenic Byway –
Nighthawk Trail Trailhead (Oroville)
107,500
Washington White Pass Scenic Byway - Wayshowing
82,000
Washington Highway 101 Scenic Pullout Phase IVa: Olympic Discovery Trail Western Segment Enhancements
106,993
Washington Advancing Washington's Pacific Coast & Olympic Mountains Loop: Corridor Management Plan
170,520
  Total for Washington (7 Projects)
980,413
West Virginia Rivers and Ridges Heritage Trail Corridor Management Plan
48,000
West Virginia Elk River Scenic Byway
Corridor Management Plan
28,000
West Virginia West Virginia Association of Scenic and Historic Byways: Training and Tourism Planning
104,923
West Virginia Midland Trail - Implementation of Marketing Program (Phase Two)
251,529
West Virginia Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike
Branding, Marketing and Traveler Itineraries
56,800
  Total for West Virginia (5 Projects)
489,252
Wisconsin National Scenic Byway Route Markers Installation – Great River Road
26,000
Wisconsin You Are Traveling A National Scenic Byway - Great River Road
25,000
Wisconsin Promoting Agritourism on the Great River Road
44,500
Wisconsin Alma's Scenic Beauty and Wildlife Observation Deck
67,200
Wisconsin Shady Maple Overlook
25,800
  Total for Wisconsin (5 Projects)
188,500
Wyoming Snowy Range Scenic Byway
Projects Implementation
2,823,492
  Total Wyoming (1 Project)
2,823,492
  Total All States (160 Projects)
40,715,899

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