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Byways Program Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the benefits of becoming a byway?

  • Support local planning efforts to achieve byway designations
  • Protect and enhance the visual quality of designated routes
  • Maintain byway resource qualities along designated routes
  • Educate residents and visitors about the history and culture of the Commonwealth
  • Promote tourism and enhance economic development potential


2. What is the process to apply for state designation?



3. What defines a byway for state designation?

There are three items that define a byway for designation as a state byway:

  1. Quality requirements
  2. Outdoor advertising restriction requirements, if applicable
  3. Local support requirements


4. What is the difference between a sponsor and an applicant?

A sponsor is a resident of Pennsylvania, citizen, or a representative of a governmental entity expressing interest in byway designation. They submit the byway interest form.

An applicant is a nominating agency and/or the governmental entity that will be sponsoring the byway for designation.


5. Who designates the byway?

The secretary of the state Department of Transportation.


6. Is there a deadline for applying for a PA Byway Designation?

There is no deadline.


7. When will a decision be made concerning the application?

The applicant will be notified within 2-4 weeks from the date the application was submitted.


8. What projects are eligible?

  • State program management
  • Corridor management plans
  • Safety
  • Byway facilities
  • Access to recreation
  • Resource protection
  • Interpretive information
  • Marketing