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National Scenic Byways Nominations Process Announced

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has just announced that the application packet for nominations for new National Scenic Byways will be available on their website on February 13, 2020. For the first time in 12 years, state and tribal scenic byways around the country will have the opportunity to apply for the important national status!

Under the National Scenic Byways Program, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads based on their intrinsic qualities. The Federal Highway Administration promotes the collection as America's Byways. To be designated a National Scenic Byway, a road must possess characteristics of regional significance within at least one of the intrinsic qualities, including archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, or scenic.

ASLA and its advocates were proud supporters of the Reviving American Scenic Byways Act. We worked with Scenic America and other allied organizations to help pass the bill into law on September 22, 2019. Thanks to member advocacy efforts, communities may, once again, nominate important projects for National Scenic Byways status. ASLA encourages its members and chapters to work with stakeholders to nominate eligible projects for this status. Preliminary materials are already available on FHWA's website.

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