Byways 101

Part 1: Program Overview

How Does The Federal Highway Administration Manage The Program?

The Federal Highway Administration manages the National Scenic Byways Program as a community-based program. FHWA headquarters staff is based in Washington, D.C. Staff members work closely with the FHWA division offices in each State in administering the Program. The division office byway contacts, in turn, work day-to-day with the State and Indian tribe scenic byway coordinators on all matters affecting grants and nominations.

Overall FHWA Responsibilities

  • Provide overall program and policy direction, including responsibility for the Program websites ( and
  • Solicit and review annual grants. Prepare decision materials for use by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation who selects projects for funding. Oversee budget and financial accounts for the Program.
  • Solicit and review nominations for the national designation of roads as National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads (promoted collectively as America’s Byways). Prepare decision materials for use by the Secretary of Transportation who selects the roads for designation.
  • Market the America’s Byways brand nationally and internationally through
  • Identify and execute both public and private partnership opportunities to increase awareness of America’s Byways and support the vision of the National Scenic Byways Program.

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