Congress passes Scenic Byways Act to protect historic roads

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RESTON, Va. — The Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019 (H.R. 831) passed the House of Representatives this week by a vote of 404 – 19, the RV Industry Association (RVIA) reported.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline, (D-R.I.), and Rep. Garret Graves, (R-La.)

“As Rhode Islanders know, our state is home to some of the most beautiful scenic byways in the country,” said Cicilline. “This bipartisan bill will allow us to capitalize on our state’s natural beauty and generate millions of dollars in new economic activity. I’m pleased that this bill passed the House today and I look forward to seeing it signed into law.”

“Louisiana’s historical byways weave through her natural beauty and help tell the story of our history and unique culture. They are critical to preserving our heritage, growing our economy for the future and caring for our rural communities,” said Graves.

The Senate Bill 349, also enjoys bipartisan support and is sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins, (R-Maine), and Senator Ben Cardin, (D-Md.)

“I am proud that my home state of Maine boasts not only three National Scenic Byways, but also the Acadia All-American Road,” said Collins. These roadways provide Mainers and tourists alike with spectacular views and memorable experiences, while at the same time spurring much-needed economic activity in the surrounding areas.

“The National Scenic Byways Program represents a true win-win scenario by protecting precious corridors and providing tangible benefits for local communities,” she added.

“Maryland is home to 18 designated byways, and the reopening of this program will be beneficial to future development and maintenance of these important routes,” said Cardin. “This program helps direct visitors to areas of interest along our scenic byways and generates revenue for the surrounding communities.”

RVers regularly drive down National Scenic Byways, like Historic Route 66, Skyline Drive, or the Blue Ridge Parkway. National Scenic Byways are some of the most beautiful roads in the country, however, Congress stopped funding the program in 2012, RVIA noted.

The existing National Scenic Byways program is not receiving adequate federal support to promote and preserve their special characteristics, leaving them unable to attain their full potential as economic drivers, the release explained.

“Thanks to the action taken by Scenic America and the RV industry, America’s scenic roadways got a major boost in Congress this week and we are asking that the Senate follows the House’s lead and quickly passes the legislation,” said Samantha Rocci, RVIA manager of government and political affairs.

For more information or questions on this issue, contact Rocci at srocci@rvia.org.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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  • Gary Nordstrom says:

    Why bother, If the people that used and damaged the National Parks during the shut down are an indication of the no respect for these preservation, lets just get rid of all them and let private industry run them a charge fortunes to use them.

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