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Byways Program

PennDOT designates Pennsylvania Byways at the request of local communities seeking to highlight roadways with cultural, historical, recreational, archaeological, scenic and natural qualities.  The Pennsylvania program parallels FHWA's National Scenic Byways Program, but does not use “scenic” in its title, recognizing that many roadways exemplify more than purely scenic qualities.

Program Overview With Flowchart

How to Nominate a PA Byway

Program History


Qualities (PDF)

Guidance Manual (PDF)

Project Evaluation Criteria (Excel)


Additional Resources

Federal Aid Primary / National Highway System County Maps

Outdoor Advertising Sign and Junkyard Controls 

National Scenic Byways Nomination Guidelines

Scenic Pennsylvania Byways Map

National Byways Funding Site

Visit PA Tourism Site

Official National Scenic Byways Tourism Site

Official National Scenic Byways Program Site


Potential Matching Funds

PA Infrastructure Bank (PIB)

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Safe Kids PA

Federal Highway Administration - Recreational Trails Program