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FHWA 31-09Contact: Doug Hecox
Friday, October 16, 2009Phone: 202-366-0660

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces America's Byways ® Designations for 2009

WASHINGTON - U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced 42 new designations to the America's Byways® collection, including five All-American Roads and 37 National Scenic Byways in 26 states. This increases the number of America's Byways® to 151.

"By enriching the National Scenic Byways program with their own unique historical or aesthetic quality, these new additions help our national road system tell our country's story," said Secretary LaHood. "These routes continue to offer Americans exciting new opportunities to explore the nation - whether they travel close to home or across the country."

With Massachusetts and New Jersey included in the 2009 designations, 46 states have America's Byways® in them.

Created in 1991, the National Scenic Byways program is a collaborative effort to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. It has funded 2,672 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.

The following are the 2009 All-American Road (AAR) and National Scenic Byways (NSB) designations:

Road Name State Designation
Alabama's Coastal Connection Alabama NSB
The George Parks Highway Scenic Byway Alaska NSB
Haines Highway - Valley of the Eagles Alaska NSB
Historic Route 66 - Arizona Arizona AAR
Top of the Rockies Colorado NSB
Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway Colorado NSB
Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway Florida NSB
Florida Keys Scenic Highway Florida AAR
Big Bend Scenic Byway Florida NSB
Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail Florida NSB
Indiana's Historic Pathways Indiana NSB
Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway Kentucky NSB
Woodlands Trace Kentucky NSB
Kentucky Great River Road Kentucky NSB
Louisiana Great River Road Louisiana NSB
Acadia All American Road - Trenton Extension Maine AAR
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway Maryland NSB
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway Maryland AAR
Baltimore's Historic Charles Street Maryland NSB
Religious Freedom Byway Maryland NSB
Connecticut River Byway Massachusetts NSB
Woodward Avenue (M-1) - Automotive Heritage Trail Michigan AAR
Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Minnesota NSB
Mississippi Great River Road Mississippi NSB
City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Boulevard State Scenic Byway Nevada NSB
Millstone Valley Scenic Byway New Jersey NSB
Delaware River Scenic Byway New Jersey NSB
Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway New Mexico NSB
Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway North Carolina NSB
Outer Banks Scenic Byway North Carolina NSB
Route 66 Byway Oklahoma NSB
Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway Oklahoma NSB
Cherokee Hills Byway Oklahoma NSB
Wichita Mountains Byway Oklahoma NSB
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway Pennsylvania NSB
Edisto Island National Scenic Byway South Carolina NSB
East Tennessee Crossing Tennessee NSB
Great River Road - Tennessee Tennessee NSB
Scenic Byway 143 - Utah's Patchwork Parkway Utah NSB
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway Virginia NSB
White Pass Scenic Byway Washington NSB
Coal Heritage Trail West Virginia NSB

Additional information about the America's Byways® collection can be found online at http://www.byway.org.

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