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A request by the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau to extend the existing Parks Highway State Scenic Byway from Healy to Fairbanks was approved by ADOT&PF Commissioner Leo von Scheben on August 26, 2008. The Parks Highway, from MP 132 to Healy, was designated a State Scenic Byway in 1998.
The application was accompanied by resolutions of support by the Fairbanks North Star Borough, the Denali Borough and the City of Nenana.
The nomination was reviewed by a committee of representatives from four state agencies. The committee unanimously recommended that this stretch of the Parks Highway be designated for its outstanding natural, cultural, scenic, archaeological, recreation and historical qualities.
The final draft of the Parks Byway Corridor Partnership Plan (CPP) will be revised to include background and resource information from the newly added segment of the Parks Highway. Revisions to the CPP will be presented at public meetings planned for October 21st and 22nd in Cantwell, Nenana, Healy and Fairbanks at times listed below.
For more information please contact Aneta Synan at 907-465-8769.
The ADOT&PF Commissioner recently approved an application to extend the North Richardson Highway State Scenic Byway from Fort Greely to the historic Black Rapids Lodge.
The application was filed by Annie Hopper and included letters of support by City of North Pole, the City of Delta Junction and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
The 33-mile section was nominated and approved for its outstanding scenic, natural historical and recreational significance.
For more information or to get involved, please contact Aneta Synan at 907.465.8769.
The September edition of the Alaska Business Monthly magazine includes a feature story about Alaska's Scenic Byways program and how our byways provide more than beauty to the state. The article, written by Heidi Bohi, highlights the grassroots nature of the program and gives examples of how the program has benefited communities and businesses along our byways.
The Alaska Business Monthly magazine is available at area retailers for $3.95.
State and National Scenic Byways that have a Corridor Partnership Plan are now able to apply for designation as a National Scenic Byway or All-American Road by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The online application and information about the nomination process and criteria is available at the following web site: http://www.bywaysonline.org/nominations/
To date, three highways in Alaska have received national recognition for their outstanding intrinsic qualities: the Glenn Highway, the Alaska Marine Highway and the Seward Highway. Applications for designation as a National Scenic Byway or an All-American Road are only solicited every three to five years. Some of the benefits of national designation include national recognition and marketing of the byway and the availability of additional grant funds to support the planning, promotion and development of the byway.
Three hard copies of the application package must be "received" by the ADOT&PF Scenic Byways Coordinator before December 1, 2008 at 4:30 pm. You are encouraged to contact Aneta Synan, Byways Coordinator, by email or calling 1-888-752-6368 (465-8769 in Juneau) if you are thinking about nominating a byway for national status.
The first round of public meetings to develop a Corridor Partnership Plan for the Dalton Highway State Scenic Byway were held in June and July in communities along the entire Dalton Highway corridor.
The purpose of the meetings were to educate people about the byways program, identify resident and stakeholder goals for the byway and to solicit volunteers for the planning advisory committee. The meetings were successful with over 35 stakeholders attending all of the meetings. At least ten participants volunteered to be on the planning advisory team.
A meeting of the advisory team will be held some time in early winter to begin developing the plan's vision and goal statements. Click here for more information about this project.
The Dalton Highway was designated an Alaska Scenic Byway in 1998 for it's outstanding scenic, natural, historic, cultural, archaeological and recreational qualities. It is unique because it is the only highway in the U.S. to cross the Arctic Circle.
For more information or to get involved, please contact Kathleen Rowell at 907. 269.8742.
The grant applications were forward to the Federal Highway Administration for final review. Decisions will likely be announced later this Fall. For more information, please contact Aneta Synan at 907.465.8769.
National and international marketing is one of the benefits that nationally designated byways receive. For more information, please contact Patricia McNally at 202-366-9766.