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Design Guide for Roadside Improvements

Scenic Byways: A Design Guide for Roadside Improvements (FHWA–FLH–02–001) will help assist planners, designers, and managers of scenic byways. Byway visitors need basic information: where the road starts and ends, how long it takes to travel the route, what facilities and services exist along the route, and safety precautions. They also want to know what makes the byway special. What are the unique natural features, the history, and the stories of people or events that shaped it? Providing this information requires careful planning.

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Every addition or change to a scenic byway impacts its character. Roadside improvements must be designed in a way that improves the special character of the byway rather than detracting from it. The guide presents examples of improvements, outlines the planning process, and describes design principles. This guide was prepared by San Dimas Technology and Development Center (SDTDC) for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Coordinated Federal Lands Highway Technology Implementation program. Although this guide focuses on scenic byways that cross Federal land, the information can be applied to byways anywhere.

For more information about the design guide for scenic byway roadside improvements, contact Alan Yamada, engineering program leader (phone: 909–599–1267, ext. 224; fax: 909–592–2309; e-mail:

To order a printed copy, contact Aaron Jones, SDTDC Publications (phone: 909–599–1267, ext. 201; fax: 909–592–2309; e-mail: or send a message including your name, title, and mailing address to:

An electronic version can be found on the Internet at: (3.14 megabyte Acrobat PDF file)

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