Byways Program Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the benefits of becoming a
- 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:
- Quality requirements
- Outdoor advertising restriction requirements, if applicable
- 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
- Byway facilities
- Access to recreation
- Resource protection
- Interpretive information