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Explore New Mexico's Scenic Byways

Originally created by congress through the funding and authorization bill ISTEA (1991), the National Scenic Byways program was intended to foster economic development through furnishing the upfront capital costs associated with developing transportation related tourist amenities throughout the United States. Subsequent funding allocations were made through SAFETEA-LU (2005). MAP-21 (2012) effectively ended the program, and the current funding and authorization bill, the FAST Act (2015), did not reinstate it. Over the life of the Scenic Byways program, numerous scenic drives throughout the Land of Enchantment have been embellished. These projects showcase the intrinsic scenic, historical and cultural qualities of our state while adding to its economic well-being.

Today, the Asset Management and Planning Division manages remaining contracts from funding allocations made under SAFETEA-LU. While no new grants are being awarded under the Scenic Byways program, a few of the programs eligibilities have been rolled into the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Among these are activities such as the construction of turnouts, overlooks and viewing areas as well as some facilities to promote non-motorized travel.

More information can be acquired by contacting NMDOT’s Scenic Byways coordinator below.

Aaron Detter, Scenic Byway Coordinator
Office: 505-827-5117
aaron.detter@state.nm.us