We hope your questions can be answered from the knowledge
base below. They cover:
If you have further inquiries, feel free to contact ADOT
Scenic Roads or use the Online
Can I designate a scenic road that is not on the
ADOT highway system?
Yes, the ADOT Scenic Roads program is not limited to its
own highways. Any road or street in the state is eligible
Aren't we running out of scenic roads to designate?
Although a majority of the scenic roads are located in
the northern areas of the state, the entire southwest deserts
are wide open for scenic designation, provided they meet
all evaluation criteria.
Could a scenic road be delisted because of developers
building along the road?
Yes, the Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads Advisory Committee
(PHSRAC) committee could recommend delisting if the qualities
making the road scenic were degraded because of development.
The State Transportation Board would make the final decision.
I love living here. The state is so pretty. There
are several roads I would like to designate. But I cannot
afford paying for all those studies to get official designation.
The ADOT Scenic Roads will fund studies for the PHSRAC
upon receiving official letter requesting designating.
If I have questions on the Arizona program, who
should I contact?
Transportation Enhancement and Scenic Roads Section
Arizona Department of Transportation
1615 West Jackson Street, Mail Drop EM10
Phoenix, Arizona 85007-3217
telephone: 602.712.7774 / fax: 602.712.3347
Web Site: Online Inquiry
Why are we doing a corridor management plan (CMP)?
The CMP is a “grass roots” level participation
project in which local desires and issues are documented
to serve as a planning guide for the designated route.
Who is paying for the development of the CMP?
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is funding 80%
of the costs as part of a discretionary grant. ADOT funds
the remaining 20% costs.
Why is FHWA involved?
Most, if not all states which have a scenic roads program
get heavy support from FHWA which distributes money to support
the development of state scenic road programs and the National
Scenic Byways program.
If we complete the CMP does that mean we will nominate
the route for national designation?
Absolutely not. The question will be addressed in the CMP.
It will be a local decision. ADOT policy is to only forward
applications for national designation that have consensus.
Again, both FHWA and ADOT want this to be a “grassroots
How long does the CMP process take?
Generally 1.5 to 2 years.
What is the National Scenic Byways program?
The National Scenic Byways program is a collection of state
designated routes to identify, promote, and manage our country’s
varied and scenic system of highways and roads through community
efforts. There are two types of Scenic Byways: National
Scenic Byways and All-American Roads. The program is administered
What is the difference between an All-American
Road and National Scenic Byway?
All-American Roads are the “cream of the crop”
of the National Scenic Byways. They typically have a more
developed level of traveler facilities, services and interpretive
opportunities. They are also considered to be a “destination
unto themselves." An example is Route One, Big Sur
Coast Highway. National Scenic Byways have at least one
special, or “intrinsic”, quality of regional
Does Arizona have any All-American Roads or National
Yes, there are 4 National Scenic Byways and 1 All-American
The National Scenic Byways are:
The All-American Road is:
What do we need to do to designate our road?
To be considered for national designation three things
- The state department of transportation (ADOT) must designate
- You must have a completed corridor management plan (CMP)
- You must have a completed national designation application
submitted to FHWA.
Note: National designations are made every couple of years.
What are some of the benefits of national designation?
The 4-P’s: promotion, preservation, partnerships,
and pride. Other benefits include increased funding opportunities,
increased local economic gain from national advertising,
and support of the National Byways Program. Approximately
$40 million per year is distributed by FHWA to states to
support the state and national programs. Routes designated
on the national level have priority of funding over state-designated
routes. There is also a marketing coordinator to market
the routes on a national and international level and a Byways
Resource Center to support nationally designated routes.
If I have questions on the national program, who
should I contact?
Federal Highway Administration, Arizona Division
4000 North Central Avenue, Suite 1500
Phoenix, AZ 85012-1906
Telephone: 602.382.8974 / Fax: 602.382.8998