National Scenic Highway Designations
On October 16, 2009 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced 42 new designations to the America’s Byways collection, including five All-American Roads and 37 National Scenic Byways in 26 states. This increases the total number of America’s Byways to 151 in 46 states. Eight designation applications were submitted from the State of Florida. Out of those eight, four scenic highways were lucky enough to be included in the America’s Byways collection. The three scenic highways that received National Scenic Byway designation from the State of Florida include the Big Bend Scenic Byway, the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway, and Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail. The Florida Keys Scenic Highway received All-American Road designation. Added to the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway and Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway, this brings the total number of National Scenic Byways within the State of Florida to six. Congratulations to the newly designated America’s Byways!