Thursday, November 19, 2009

FHWA Awards Scenic Byways Communities $41 Million

Communities in 43 states received nearly $41 million from the Federal Highway Administration for 160 projects to improve and promote scenic byways.

Scenic Byways grants fund a wide array of projects that enhance the byway experience for visitors.

Examples of projects that received funding for scenic preservation and enhancement include viewshed protection for North Carolina's Nantahala byway, the construction of a scenic landscape and wildlife observation deck for Wisconsin's Alma byway, a scenic pullout for South Carolina's Cherokee Foothills byway, and the development of a resource protection plan for Arizona's Navajo Nation byway.

Other grants helped support the development of marketing and interpretive materials, the construction of pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation projects, and safety improvements.

For the official FHWA press release and list of grants, click here. And don't forget to seek out America's Scenic Byways in your future travels!

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