|Following the creation
of the National Scenic Byways Program by the Intermodal Surface
Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), scenic byways
programs across the nation have received considerable interest.
The National Scenic Byways Program emphasizes the conservation
of scenic byway's intrinsic qualities in balance with tourism
and other economic development activities.
What are Scenic Byways?
Scenic byways are special roads that offer travelers
access to Missouri's beautiful scenery, cultural riches
and natural areas. These roads may be rural, suburban or
urban, but the common link is that they all provide an alternative
to today's fast-paced lifestyle. Scenic byways can steer
motorists to state and local parks or other public lands.
Scenic byways can provide economic opportunities and conserve
scenic, historic, cultural, natural, recreational and archaeological
resources. Scenic byways can also be highways that communities
feel are important components of their identity.
What are the Benefits of a Scenic Byways Program?
Missouri is a unique state with a variety of natural
scenery, recreational areas, parks, historic sites and communities.
Roadways provide easy access to these areas and the scenic
byways program is designed to promote their special qualities.
One of the key benefits of the program is the added economic
opportunities and increased tourism provided to communities
along the designated route. A program promoted statewide
through maps and other literature can expand the number
of visitors to an area, which can generate economic growth
and increase community recognition.
How does a Roadway become a Scenic Byway?
Any agency, group or individual can nominate a
route for scenic byway designation. However, there must
be local governmental support and commitment for designating
the route a scenic byway, since the purpose of the program
is to preserve and improve the scenic value of the route.
A corridor management plan outlining specific strategies
and actions to manage the route must also be developed and
included with the nomination. The corridor management planning
process establishes community-based goals and implementation
strategies for the scenic byway to utilize community resources
efficiently to conserve intrinsic qualities of the scenic
byway and enhance its value to the community.
What's the Review Process?
Nominations may be submitted at any time to the
Scenic Byways Advisory Committee. This committee meets semi-annually
and is composed of individuals representing tourism, the
motoring public, the conservation department, historic preservation,
outdoor advertising, state parks, and transportation.
more information are available by contacting Scott Taylor
or the Missouri Department of Transportation at the following
Scenic Byways Program
P.O. Box 270
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Call toll-free 1-888 ASK MODOT or 573.751.2551
Scenic Byways Program