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Scenic Byways

Nancy Surprenant, Scenic Byways Coordinator, 605.773.4912

The Scenic Byways Program recognizes those roadways which exhibit the State's unique character and beauty. Individuals, organizations and local governments may identify roadways with truly distinctive qualities and nominate them for State Scenic Byway designation. Routes which display scenic, cultural, geologic, wildlife habitat or other aesthetic features are eligible for consideration. An application requesting the designation must be prepared with the approval of the affected local government(s). Applications are to be submitted to the Scenic Byways Coordinator. Decisions on the applications are made by the South Dakota Transportation Commission. Interested parties may contact the Scenic Byways Coordinator to receive an application package or they are available on-line:

South Dakota has six designated State Scenic Byways. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) maintains maps and descriptions of many of those routes and others throughout the United States at: http://www.byways.org/

Officially designated State Scenic Byways are recognized by distinctive signs and, where practicable, are placed on the State Highway Map. Designated routes may be eligible to compete for federal Scenic Byways Grant Funds to promote or enhance attributes along the route. The grant applications are coordinated through the South Dakota Department of Transportation and the funding decisions are made by the FHWA. The grant eligibility guidelines and the application forms are available on-line at the following FHWA link: http://www.byways.org/community/program/index.html

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