U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $22 Million in Grants for 207 Scenic Byways Projects

(Washington, DC) – Local communities in 42 states will receive more than $22 million in federal grants for 207 projects that improve and promote highways designated as scenic byways, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced on Monday, March 6.

The grants are part of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program, which recognizes and enhances selected roads based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational or scenic qualities. The grants will be used for projects such as scenic overlooks, visitor information centers, pedestrian trails, bike paths, safety upgrades, and educational and promotional materials.

Due to a delay in decisions on FY 2005 byway grants, applications for FY 2006 funding were due from State DOT's to FHWA division offices by March 3, a one month delay. FY 2006 applications are due from FHWA division offices to FHWA headquarters by Friday, March 31, 2006, and decisions should be announced in June, 2006.

For a complete list of projects funded by state, click here.