Byways 101

Part 1: Program Overview

Learning Objective #2: The National Scenic Byways Program

Describe the history, vision and mission of the National Scenic Byways Program, the Interim Policy upon which the Program is based and the Federal Highway Administration’s role in managing the Program.

What Is The National Scenic Byways Program’s History?
The National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP) was established under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, reauthorized in 1998 under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, and reauthorized and amended in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users in 2005. Under the Program, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads based on their archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. As of 2012, there are 150 nationally designated byways in 46 States. The Federal Highway Administration promotes the collection as America’s Byways®.

The program is a voluntary, grassroots program founded upon the strength of the leaders for individual byways. It recognizes and supports outstanding roads, providing resources to help manage the intrinsic qualities within the broader byway corridor to be treasured and shared.

What Is The National Scenic Byways Program’s Vision?
The vision of the Program is to create a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories and treasured places.

What Is The National Scenic Byways Program’s Mission?
The mission of the National Scenic Byways Program is to provide resources to the byway community to create unique travel experiences and enhance local quality of life through efforts to preserve, protect, interpret and promote the intrinsic qualities of designated byways.

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