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Module 1: FHWA Interim Policy

An Interim Scenic Byways Program was established in 1991 under Section 1047 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) (P.L 102-60), authorizing a total $80.0 million over 6 years. FHWA's Interim Policy for National Scenic Byways published in the Federal Register on May 18, 1995 presents the criteria for nominating and designating roads as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads based upon their intrinsic qualities. The National Scenic Byways Program was reauthorized in 1998 under Section 1219 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)(P.L. 105-178), authorizing a total of $148 million over 6 years. The National Scenic Byways Program was reauthorized in 2005 under Section 1802 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users; (SAFETEA-LU) (P.L. 109-59), authorizing a total of $148 million over 5 years. The current statutory language does have some inconsistencies with the Interim Policy. In such cases, and specifically in the case of Indian tribes, the statutory language governs.

Lessons and Learning Objectives

Lesson 1.1 Interim Policy Access
Learning Objective 1. Recall how to access the Interim Policy.
Lesson 1.2 State and Tribal Program Roles
Learning Objective 2. Define the role of the State Scenic Byways Agency in the National Scenic Byways Program.
Learning Objective 3. Define the role of Indian Tribe programs in the National Scenic Byways Program as identified by SAFETEA-LU legislation in relation to the Interim Policy.
Lesson 1.3 Interim Policy Components
Learning Objective 4. Identify and recall the components of the Interim Policy and SAFETEA-LU that refer to the State and/or Tribal roles.

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Updated: 12/15/2015
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