Corridor Management Plan
Development and implementation of a corridor management plan to maintain the scenic, historical, recreational, cultural, natural, and archaeological characteristics of a byway corridor while providing for accommodation of increased tourism and development of related amenities, 23 U.S.C. 162(c)(2).
National Scenic Byways Program funds may be used to develop, update, and implement specific activities identified in a corridor management plan for one of America’s Byways® or for a State or Indian tribe scenic byway.
National Scenic Byways Program funds may be used to implement specific byway projects consistent with a corridor management plan and eligibility criteria. Inclusion of a project in the byway’s corridor management plan does not necessarily mean that the proposed project is eligible for byways funds.
National Scenic Byways Program funds may not be used for the ongoing administrative, operating or maintenance expenses of a byway organization (e.g., general staffing, hosting and maintenance of a website, organizing and sponsoring annual promotional events or festivals, and costs associated with the fulfillment of individual information requests).
A corridor management plan is a written document that specifies the actions, procedures, controls, operational practices, and strategies to maintain the archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities that support the byway’s designation. The plan should:
- Be developed with community involvement,
- Provide for the conservation and enhancement of the byway’s intrinsic qualities as well as the promotion of tourism and other economic development, and
- Provide an effective management strategy to balance these concerns while providing for the users’ enjoyment of the byway.
The plan must address the 14 points of corridor management planning that are included in the Federal Highway Administration’s Interim Policy for the National Scenic Byways Program published in the Federal Register on May 15, 1995; see http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-1995-05-18/html/95-12211.htm.
Development of a corridor management plan includes:
- Inventories of the intrinsic qualities that form the byway’s story and the byway travelers’ experience,
- Public outreach, involvement and participation,
- Maps, and
- Preparation and printing of the plan.
Implementation of the corridor management plan may include activities that otherwise could be advanced as a safety improvement, byway facility, access to recreation, resource protection, interpretive project or marketing program initiative. If your project is part of your corridor management plan, but is also eligible under another category, it is recommended that you select that other category. For example, if you have “develop a marketing plan” as part of your corridor management plan, you should submit under the Marketing Program instead of Corridor Management Program.
Please remember that in applying for funding, project requests should be tied directly to specific activities identified and prioritized in the byway’s corridor management plan.
Please keep in mind that salary requests for the byway coordinator or general administration of all projects or programs identified in a byway’s corridor management plan are not considered eligible expenses for NSBP funding unless the time devoted and how it is directly related to the performance of a specific NSBP award and each NSBP funded project(s) identified in the corridor management plan can be documented. It is also important that the costs proposed be proportionate to the work proposed.
Implementation of the corridor management plan may include activities to build and strengthen a sustainable organization and to manage byway activities related to specific projects and initiatives such as:
- Travel and per diem expenses for byway representatives to participate in the biennial National Scenic Byways conferences, as well as other training or technical assistance activities for advancing their byway or the National Scenic Byways Program, such as peer-to-peer exchanges, regional workshops, statewide conferences, tribal conferences or national conferences. In applying for funding, applicants are encouraged to highlight how these training and technical assistance opportunities will help strengthen their byway organization and/or manage byway activities.
When considering how best to organize and prepare an application for an eligible project in the Corridor Management Plan category, FHWA expects the applicant to consider and respond to the following questions:
- What would be accomplished with this proposed project?
- What is the overall vision for the byway? What are the byway’s intrinsic qualities that support the byway’s designation? What actions have been and are being taken to ensure that the byway continues to possess the qualities that support its designation?
- What specific strategies or actions in the corridor management plan have been implemented? What are the important accomplishments to date?
- Is the primary focus of this project to revise or update a corridor management plan?
- Why does the corridor management plan need to be revised or updated? What is the scope of the revisions or updates? How will the update build upon/refine the existing corridor management plan? Will specific projects be identified and prioritized for funding and implementation?
- How will communities along the byway be involved in revisions and updates?
- What is the target date for printing or adopting the new corridor management plan?
- Is the primary focus of this project to implement a specific activity or activities identified in the corridor management plan?
- Why is this project being submitted in the Corridor Management Plan category rather than being advanced as a safety improvement, byway facility, access to recreation improvement, resource protection, interpretive project or marketing program initiative?
- Does the organization have existing or potential partners?
- Has the byway received byway funds previously for implementing the corridor management plan?
- What would be accomplished as part of this project’s implementation that is new and different, yet builds on previous accomplishments? How would these efforts relate to other projects that are currently underway or planned?
- Does the corridor management plan include this project, and how does it compare to other priority projects along the byway?
- Why did byway leaders make this project a high priority and who participated in setting the byway’s project priorities?
Complete Applications Include:
Below are some tips for submitting a complete application for a project in the Corridor Management Plan category.
CORRIDOR MANAGEMENT PLAN: Respond to the questions posed in item eight of the Practices section (above) – in the Narrative Section of the bywaysonline.org application.
MAP(s): Provide a map locating the individual byway within the State or on Indian lands (if possible, please include the addresses/intersections and GPS coordinates for the beginning and end points of the byway as well as for the proposed project such that both the byway and the project can be located using basic mapping software) and additional maps displaying broad corridor boundaries, and/or maps that provide information on the major attributes or qualities that exist adjacent to the road such as communities, rivers, parks or other resource sites that contribute to the special nature of the road. Provide GIS data for the byway if available.
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: Use the Attachments Section of the bywaysonline.org application to include byway brochures, excerpts from the corridor management plan, or other materials that give reviewers a sense of the byway travel experience, of the organization supporting the route, or the attributes and intrinsic qualities. Please include only those materials that specifically support your application.