Byways Quarterly Newsletter 
Fall 2008
 
 
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In this issue:
Extension of Parks Highway State Scenic Byway to Fairbanks is approved
North Richardson State Scenic Byway extended to Black Rapids Lodge
Alaska Business Monthly magazine article highlights Alaska's Scenic Byways
FHWA solicits National Scenic Byway and All American Road nominations
Corridor planning is now underway for the Dalton Highway State Scenic Byway
ADOT&PF receives four 2008 National Scenic Byway Grant applications
Mat Su Transportation Fair to be held in Palmer
Updates from the National Scenic Byways Program Marketing Director
Upcoming meetings and events

Extension of Parks Highway State Scenic Byway from Healy to Fairbanks approved!

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.

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North Richardson State Scenic Byway designation extended to Black Rapids Lodge!

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.

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Alaska Business Monthly magazine features Alaska's Scenic Byways

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.

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FHWA solicits National Scenic Byway & All American Road nominations

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.

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Corridor planning is underway for the Dalton Highway State Scenic Byway

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.

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ADOT&PF receives four FY08 National Scenic Byway grant applications


Four applications for 2008 National Scenic Byway grant funds were submitted to ADOT&PF earlier this year. The funds requested total $322,883 and, if awarded, would leverage an additional $80,915 in matching funds or in-kind services.

The grant applications, if funded would, complete an interpretive plan for the Charles Anway Homestead on the Haines Highway, develop an AMHS marketing image library, complete preliminary planning for a Glenn Highway Gateway Visitor Center and develop a byway hospitality training module to be included in the AlaskaHost program administered by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development.

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.

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Mat-Su Transportation Fair to be held in Palmer

Make tracks to the Mat-Su Transportation Fair September 25th to learn about the valley's scenic byways and the many transportation projects underway in the Mat-Su Borough! The Fair will be held from 4 pm to 9 pm in Raven Hall at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer. The event is being hosted by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, the City of Palmer, the City of Wasilla, the Alaska Railroad Corporation, the Mat-Su Transit and the Mat-Su Borough.

For more information, please contact Anne Brooks at 907-272-1877.

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Updates from the National Scenic Byways Marketing Program

The National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP) Marketing Director, Patricia McNally, recently provided an update on the NSBP marketing activity :

  • A Federal Register Notice that addresses the Public Awareness Initiative for partnership marketing is posted, and can be found in the bywaysonline.org Discussion Forum under the “Marketing” topic at http://www.bywaysonline.org/forums/viewforum.do?forum=3. We encourage you to read the notice and spread the word to your byways and all the public and private partners on your byways.
  • The 2009 Harley-Davidson day-at-a-time desktop calendar includes 49 America’s Byways with a logo (each byway has two pages.) The byways were chosen by American Greetings, who produce the calendar, and the content is derived from the Harley-Davidson website with information we had given them 2 years ago. I have been informed the calendars can be found at major outlets like Borders, Kohls and Target.
  • The August America’s Byways Bulletin® will be out this week. It includes a blurb on international marketing that addresses the Nomination requirement “addressing multi-lingual information needs for international travelers." The complete document can be found at http://www.bywaysonline.org/nominations.
  • Discoveramerica.com, the new official U.S. website, includes 10 of our America’s Byways on the U.S., Japan, French Canadian, German and Mexican sites. We are talking with TIA’s web team about opportunities for expanding America’s Byways presence on the site.
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.
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Upcoming meetings and events

4pm - 9 pm
September 25, 2008
Mat-Su Borough Transportation Fair
Raven Hall, Alaska State Fairgrounds, 2075 Glenn Hwy, Palmer
For more information contact Anne Brooks at 743-6087
3 pm
October 15, 2008
Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway Association Board Meeting
Mat Su Convention and Visitors Bureau
For more information contact Deb Rinckey at 862-0319
5:30 pm
October 15, 2008

North Richardson Byway Corridor Partnership Planning Public Meeting
Pioneer Park Exhibit Hall, 2300 Airport Road, Fairbanks
For more information contact Julianne Hanson at 644-2165

5:30 pm
October 16, 2008

North Richardson Byway Corridor Partnership Planning Public Meeting
Delta Junction School, Room 48, School House Road, Delta Junction
For more information contact Julianne Hanson at 644-2165

Noon
October 21, 2008
Parks Byway Corridor Partnership Planning Meeting (Cantwell)
Cantwell Community Center, Native Village Council, Cantwell
For more information contact Aneta Synan at 465-8769
5:30 pm
October 21, 2008
Parks Byway Corridor Partnership Planning Meeting (Healy)
Healy Tri Valley Community, 0.5 mile Healy Rd
For more information contact Aneta Synan at 465-8769
Noon
October 22, 2008
Parks Byway Corridor Partnership Planning Meeting (Nenana)
Location in Nenana to be determined
For more information contact Aneta Synan at 465-8769
5:30 pm
October 22, 2008
Parks Byway Corridor Partnership Planning Meeting (Fairbanks)
Location in Fairbanks to be determined

For more information contact Aneta Synan at 465-8769

7:00 pm
November 19, 2008

Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway Association
Annual Membership Meeting

MTA Community Meeting Room, Palmer
For more information contact Deb Rinckey at 862-0319

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Contact us
For more information about the Alaska Scenic Byways program or to add and remove names from the newsletter distribution list, please contact:

Aneta Synan, AICP, State Scenic Byways Coordinator
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
PO Box 112500, Juneau, AK 99811-2500
Phone: (907) 465-8769 / Fax: (907) 465-6984

Email: aneta.synan@alaska.gov
Web: www. byways.alaska.gov




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