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U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Scenic Byway Grants

June 2, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 2, 2004
Contact: Lori Irving, 202-366-0660
FHWA 7-04

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $15 Million in Grants for 104 Scenic Byways Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced grants totaling more than $15 million for 104 projects in 37 states that are part of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) National Scenic Byways Program.

"The only way to visit many of our nation's treasures is to travel on a scenic byway," said Mineta. "Investing in these roads is the best way to bring travel and tourism dollars to many of America's small towns."

The National Scenic Byway Program recognizes roadways around the nation based on their archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational or scenic qualities. The grants will help fund such projects as scenic overlooks, visitor information centers, educational and promotional materials, pedestrian trails, bike paths and safety improvements.

"Our nation's scenic byways provide a vital link between countless travelers and America's small towns and rural areas, supporting hundreds of 'mom and pop' shops along the way," said FHWA Administrator Mary E. Peters. "The Bush administration is committed to helping local communities support, improve and promote these important resources."

Currently, the America's Byways system includes 96 roads in 39 states. Studies suggest that byway designations increase the number of visitors to rural communities by up to 20 percent, resulting in substantial numbers of jobs nationwide. Those same studies have found that the typical byway visitor spends between $100 and $200 per trip.

More information about the National Scenic Byways Program is available online at www.bywaysonline.org or by calling toll-free, 1-800-4-BYWAYS (1-800-429-9297).

The attached table lists fiscal year 2004 National Scenic Byways Program grants.

National Scenic Byways Grants for 2004

State - Project Name Amount
  Alaska  
  Alaska's Marine Highway - Corridor Management Plan $25,000
    Glenn Highway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation $24,999
    Seward Highway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation $24,999
  Total for Alaska (3 projects) $74,998

  Arizona  
  Arizona Intelligent Transportation System Demonstration Project -
Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway
$191,500
  Total for Arizona (1 project) $191,500

  Arkansas  
  Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Great River Road $25,000
    Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Crowley's Ridge $25,000
    Arkansas Statewide Byways Brochure $38,400
    Great River Road National Scenic Byway Signing $5,000
  Total for Arkansas (4 projects) $93,400

  California  
  Route 1, Big Sur Coast Highway - Corridor Management Plan
Implementation, Year 2
$24,600
    Route 110, Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 1 $25,000
    Volcanic Legacy Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 2 $25,000
  Total for California (3 projects) $74,600

  Colorado  
  Colorado Lariat Loop Corridor Management Planning and Improvement $100,000
  Total for Colorado (1 project) $100,000

  Florida  
  Florida Implementing a Multimodal Greenway System for A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Highway, Phase II $644,812
    A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway - Enhance Public
Accessibility to Intrinsic Resources, Phase II
$214,937
    A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Financial Independence $25,000
  Total for Florida (3 projects) $884,749

  Idaho  
  Pioneer Historic Byway Sign Plan Implementation $99,410
    Payette River Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation $24,852
    Northwest Passage - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Phase 2 $24,852
    Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Pend Oreille Scenic
Byway
$24,852
  Total for Idaho (4 projects) $173,966

  Illinois  
  Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route $25,000
    Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Ohio River Scenic Byway $25,000
    Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Historic National Road $25,000
    Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Great River Road $25,000
    Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Lincoln Highway $25,000
  Total for Illinois (5 projects) $125,000

  Indiana  
  Indiana Historic National Road Management and Development: Building a Sustainable Organization $25,000
    Implementation of Corridor Management Plan: Marketing/Public Awareness & Professional Development - Ohio River Scenic Byway $25,000
    Historic National Road Twigg Rest Area - Site Completion $192,654
  Total for Indiana (3 projects) $242,654

  Iowa  
  Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Loess Hills Scenic $25,000
    Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Great River Road $25,000
  Total for Iowa (2 projects) $50,000

  Kentucky  
  Kentucky Interpretive Information Development - For 40 southeast
Kentucky counties
$99,411
    Marketing - Three National and one State Scenic Byway in southeast Kentucky $820,133
    Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Wilderness Road Heritage Highway $24,852
    Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Red River Gorge Scenic Byway $24,852
    Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Country Music Highway $24,852
  Total for Kentucky (5 projects) $994,100

  Louisiana  
  Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Creole Nature Trail $25,000
    Installation of Byway Logo Signs - Northwest Louisiana Scenic $17,200
  Total for Louisiana (2 projects) $42,200

  Maine  
  Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Old Canada Road $24,000
    Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway $25,000
    Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Schoodic Scenic $25,000
  Total for Maine (3 projects) $74,000

  Maryland  
  Chesapeake Country - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 1 $25,000
    Historic National Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 2 $25,000
  Total for Maryland (2 projects) $50,000

  Massachusetts  
  Massachusetts Old King's Highway/Route 6A Improvements $795,280
  Total for Massachusetts (1 project) $795,280

  Michigan  
  Michigan Woodward Ave/M-1 - Developing the Byway Story $437,404
  Total for Michigan (1 project) $437,404

  Minnesota  
  Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Phase 2 $25,000
    North Shore Scenic Drive - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Phase 4 $25,000
    Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, 2004 $25,000
    Great River Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Increase Grassroots Support, Phase 4 $25,000
    Grand Rounds Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation Phase 4 $24,960
  Total for Minnesota (5 projects) $124,960

  Missouri  
  Clarksville Refuge Interpretive Site - Little Dixie Highway $52,000
    Little Dixie Highway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 2 $16,800
    Georgia Street Historic District Interpretive Site - Little Dixie Highway $79,930
  Total for Missouri (3 projects) $148,730

  Montana  
  Beartooth Highway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Phase 1 (MT and WY) $25,000
  Total for Montana (1 project) $25,000

  Nebraska  
  Corridor Management Plan - Lincoln Highway Nebraska Byway $26,000
  Total for Nebraska (1 project) $26,000

  Nevada  
  Most Beautiful Drive in America Brochure - Lake Tahoe - Eastshore Drive $28,400
  Total for Nevada (1 project) $28,400

  New Hampshire  
  White Mountain Trail Business Development Plan: Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Year 2 $25,000
  Total for New Hampshire (1 project) $25,000

  New Mexico  
  Smokey Bear Historical Park Restrooms - Billy the Kid Trail $34,400
    Smokey Bear Historical Park Interpretive Signs - Billy the Kid Trail $5,040
    Jemez Mountain Trail Historic Roadside Information Project - Jemez Mountain Trail $12,721
    City of Espanola El Camino Real Scenic Byway Alignment $59,646
  Total for New Mexico (4 projects) $111,807

  New York  
  Adirondack North Country Byways: Regional Marketing $442,000
    Lakes to Locks Passage: Elizabethtown Waypoint Visitor Center $221,407
    Adirondack North Country Byways: Invasive Plants $99,925
    Upper Delaware Byway: Marketing $49,000
    Lakes to Locks Passage: Develop Sustainable Partnerships - Corridor Management Plan Implementation

 $25,000

    Mohawk Towpath Byway: Interpretive Signage

 $11,500

    Mohawk Towpath Byway: Byway Guide Book

 $12,500

    Lakes to Locks Passage: Chesterfield Tourist Interpretive Center

 $280,700

    Seaway Trail: Byway Traveler Information System

 $139,440

    Cayuga Lake Byway: Web Design and Marketing

 $12,000

    Lakes to Locks Passage: Champlain Pedestrian and Bike Trail Design

 $49,680

    Southern Adirondack Trail: Tourist Interpretation Center

 $95,000

    Southern Adirondack Trail: Greenway Reconnaissance

 $3,200

    Seaway Trail: Byway Interpretive Signage

 $103,320

    Seaway Trail: Byway Conservation Planning

 $108,040

    Seaway Trail: Byway Market Targeting and Communication Plan

 $50,188

    Seaway Trail: Travel Trade Partnerships

 $100,300

    Seaway Trail - Corridor Management Plan Implementation, Sustainability

 $25,000

    Lakes to Locks Passage: Slate Valley Waypoint Interpretive Center $160,000
  Total for New York (19 projects) $1,988,200

  North Dakota  
  North Dakota Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway $25,000
  Total for North Dakota (1 project) $25,000

  Ohio  
  Ohio River Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan $25,000
    CanalWay Ohio Scenic Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation $25,000
    Historic National Road - Corridor Management Plan Implementation $25,000
    Amish Country Byway - Corridor Management Plan Implementation $25,000
  Total for Ohio (4 projects) $100,000

  Oklahoma  
  Talimena Scenic Drive Vistas-Interpretive Information Replacement & Signage $28,960
  Total for Oklahoma (1 project) $28,960

  Oregon  
  West Cascades Scenic Byway - Entry Portal Orientation Panels & Byway Interpretation at Estacada, Detroit and Westfir $73,600
  Total for Oregon (1 project) $73,600

  Pennsylvania  
  Historic National Road - Implementation of a Comprehensive Marketing Plan $25,000
  Total for Pennsylvania (1 project) $25,000

  Rhode Island  
  Post Road (Route 1) - Corridor Management Plan $65,360
  Total for Rhode Island (1 project) $65,360

  South Carolina  
  US 78 Bamberg Scenic Highway Project $3,976,400
  Total for South Carolina (1 project) $3,976,400

  South Dakota  
  Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway - Fuels Management and Scenery Enhancement $107,000
    Cheyenne River - Native American Scenic Byway - Interpretive $60,000
  Total for South Dakota (2 projects) $167,000

  Tennessee  
  Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Cherohala Skyway $25,000
  Total for Tennessee (1 project) $25,000

  Utah  
  Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Logan Canyon Scenic Byway $25,000
    Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Scenic Highway 12 $25,000
    Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Nebo Loop Scenic Byway $24,056
    Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - The Energy Loop $22,464
    Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway

$25,000

    Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway (UT and CO)

$25,000

  Total for Utah (6 projects) $146,520

  Virginia  
  Amherst County Greenway $994,100
    Mason Creek Greenway $994,100
  Total for Virginia (2 projects) $1,988,200

  Washington  
  Snoqualmie Point View Park, Washington - Mountains to Sound Greenway-I-90 $596,460
    SR 410 Welcome Center - Chinook Scenic Byway $1,277,419
  Total for Washington (2 projects) $1,873,879

  West Virginia  
  Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Washington Heritage Trail $20,000
    Implementation of Corridor Management Plan - Midland Trail $25,000
    Corridor Management Plan Implementation - Historic National Road $22,884
  Total for West Virginia (3 projects) $67,884
       
   

Grand Total:

 $15,444,751

   

Total Projects Funded:

 104


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