Scenic Roads and Byways

Vermont’s 1977 Scenic Roads Law (19 VSA 25) established the authority to designate state highways as scenic roads “to preserve through planning the scenic quality of Vermont’s landscape.” It delegated the Vermont Scenery Preservation Council (established in 1966) with oversight responsibility for the law. The Vermont Byways Program was established in 1996, partly in response to the National Scenic Byways Program, to obtain federal grants for tourism or resource conservation; promote tourism through marketing; and assist local groups in managing resources along designated byways. The state and towns can designate scenic roads and byways under these programs. Vermont’s Scenic Roads, Scenic Highways, and Scenic Byways can be seen on the Vermont Byways Program website. Transportation projects having involvement with a designated scenic road or byway may require extra coordination with local interests and extra attention to aesthetic concerns.

For More Information

The Vermont Byways Program

John LaBarge

Program Manager for Vermont Byways

Vermont Agency of Transportation

1 National Life Drive

Montpelier, VT 05633

Tele: (802) 828-3508

http://www.vermont-byways.us/

The Vermont Byways Program Manual

http://vtransplanning.vermont.gov/sites/aot_policy/files/documents/planning/BywaysManual.pdf