I have exciting news to share: today the Federal Highway Administration announced our newest All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways designations. Forty-nine roads, from Maine's Katahdin Woods to California's Historic Route 66, received these distinctions today in recognition of their scenic, natural, historical, recreational, archaeological, and cultural qualities. Today's announcement marks the first time since 2009 that new byways have been designated.
You can view the list here.
We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone in Scenic America's campaign to bring back the National Scenic Byways Program, which protects and preserves our nation's most beautiful and iconic roadways from the construction of new billboards and other blight. In 2019, we led the charge to work with Congress to pass the Reviving America's Scenic Byways Act. At the end of 2020, we advocated for the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which provided $16 million to fund the program, representing its first dedicated funding in nine years.
Scenic America will continue to advocate for the program’s long-term funding, as well as for it to be included in the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill that Congress will take up this session.
We're proud to be leading the way for scenic byways and we hope you share our excitement about today's news and the future of this critical program. We couldn't do our important work without your support.