$22 million announced for scenic byways

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Communities in 42 states will share more than $22 million in federal grants for 207 projects that improve and promote highways designated as scenic byways, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced this week.

The grants announced Monday, March 6 will be used for projects such as scenic overlooks, visitor information centers, pedestrian trails, bike paths, safety upgrades and educational and promotional materials. “This investment ensures that we can protect and promote the roads that make America great,” says Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.

The Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program recognizes and enhances selected roads based on their archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational or scenic qualities. Since 1992, the program has awarded more than $250 million in grants for more than 1,800 byway projects.

“The grants we’re announcing today will help preserve and promote a collection of diverse American roads that provide unique travel destinations and support countless small businesses,” says J. Richard Capka, a federal highway deputy administrator.

For a state-by-state listing of official byways, go to www.bywaysonline.org.