The Federal Highway Administration is now seeking grant proposals for National Scenic Byways Program funding consideration for FY 2011. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users; P.L. 109-59, as extended to September 30, 2011, authorizes funding for FY 2011 at the FY 2010 level for the National Scenic Byways Program, subject to the obligation limitation. Approximately $40.5 million should be available for award.
In selecting projects, the FHWA will continue to consider projects that can demonstrate a value-added livability component. In recognition that livable communities are affected at the projects level, we invite projects that integrate corridor management planning with larger transportation and community planning efforts that will improve mobility within and among byway communities; increase access to jobs, health and social services, tourism and educational opportunities; and projects that improve mobility by providing alternatives to vehicular travel along byways that enhance the visitor experience.
We will also continue to consider more strategic investments in our FY 2011 National Scenic Byways Program grant awards process by further targeting our resources toward projects that provide the greatest long-term benefits. We are particularly focusing on projects with substantial benefits and invite applications of large-scale high-cost planning, safety, and roadway infrastructure projects that provide strategic benefits within the National Scenic Byways Program. For more information on submitting an application to the National Scenic Byways Program for funding consideration, please see http://www.bywaysonline.org/grants.