There are Six America's Byways® in Florida. What is America's Byways®?
In 1991, the National Scenic Byways Program was established established under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, which provided $74.3 million in discretionary grant funds to eligible projects.
This grass-roots effort is part of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHA). It was established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.
In September 1996, Transportation Secretary Federico Peña designated the first 14 National Scenic Byways and 6 All-American Roads.
There are currently 150 roads designated as either an All-American Road or a National Scenic Byway. All-American Road is a "higher" designation than National Scenic Byway. Collectively the 150 roads are referred to as America's Byways®.
There are six(6) America's Byways® in Florida. Five(5) are National Scenic Byways with Florida Keys Scenic Highway being an All-American Road.
A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Bway was selected based primarily on its recreational qualities. A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway was designated on June 13, 2002. It was only one of two America's Byways® in Florida until October 2009 when four more were designated: Big Bend Scenic Byway, Florida Black Beach Scenic Byway, Florida Keys Scenic Highway, and Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail. This is when Florida Keys Scenic Highway earned its All-American Road designation.
October 16, 2009: "U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced 42 new designations to the America's Byways® collection - 5 All-American Roads and 37 National Scenic Byways."
Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway were supporters and worked closely with the Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail (OSLT) as it borders A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway. A representative from OSLT attended Friends of A1A meetings over a period of years providing effective two-way communications between the two organizations.
Details on Florida's Six America's Byways®
- A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway
- Big Bend Scenic Byway
- Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway
- Florida Keys Scenic Highway
- Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway
- Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail
Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.
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