Please Note: Because the National Scenic Byways Program is no longer funded, FHWA is no longer soliciting grant applications. Without funding for the Program, FHWA will not be moving forward with another round of designations of America's Byways® at this time.
Review the FY 2008 Designation Readiness Worksheet.
Acquaint yourself with the provisions of 23 U.S.C. 162.
Conduct research on the existing America's Byway's collection. A list of America's Byways and the intrinsic qualities for which they were nominated can be found at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/scenic_byways/nominations/docs.cfm. You are also encouraged to take a look at the website to review the information provided on all of the byways in the collection to assist you in assessing and contrasting the attributes and qualities possessed by roads already in the collection with the one you are proposing for designation.
Review and familiarize yourself with the Interim Policy (May 18, 1995), the principal policy for the National Scenic Byways Program.
Consult the byway's lead organization or lead individual to determine support for and feasibility of submitting a successful nomination application. You will need to be able to prove that your byway possesses the intrinsic qualities sufficient to merit designation as one of America's Byways®.
Consult the State or Indian tribe byway coordinator or Federal land management agency contact about the requirements for submitting a nomination application to FHWA and to confirm the date that the nomination application must be submitted (submission dates may vary from those established by FHWA). Indian tribes and Federal land management agencies have the option of either submitting their nomination applications directly to the FHWA Division Office or through the State. Individuals, private groups, and local governments must submit their nomination applications through the State, an Indian tribe, or a Federal land management agency. For a list of contacts, see www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/scenic_byways/contacts.
Provide notification of the intent to nominate a road that is within the jurisdictional boundary of the State, Indian tribe, or Federal land management agency; or directly connects to roads for which the State, Federal land management agency, or Indian tribe is responsible.
Read the FY 2008 Nomination Guide in its entirety before initiating preparation of your nomination application.
Coordinate with other States, Indian tribes, and/or Federal land management agencies on multi-state, multi-tribe, or multi-agency applications.
Prepare and submit the nomination application. Please be sure to read this Nomination Guide carefully as it will assist you in preparing your application.
To be considered for national designation, nomination applications must be submitted both online at here and in print. One signed hard copy must be submitted to the State, Indian tribe, or Federal land management agency who will then submit the hard copy to the FHWA Division Office.
Complete your online application and submit it electronically at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/scenic_byways/nominations/. A signed paper copy must be submitted to your State or Indian tribe byway coordinator, or Federal land management agency contact, who will then submit the hard copy to FHWA Division office. Please note that Indian tribes and Federal land management agencies have the option of either submitting their nomination applications through the State or directly to the FHWA division office.
Assume that the people reviewing your application are unfamiliar with the local area and byway. The nomination application is essentially a guide to your byway. Emphasis should be on proving that you have the intrinsic qualities to support national designation and have a compelling story to tell.
Compile supporting Route Map, Images, Corridor Management Plan and Letters of Support. To facilitate review, all of these materials must be submitted in electronic form. Additional attachments beyond those requested in the Nomination Application will not be considered.