Scenic Roads

Corridor Management Plans

Required Elements for a Corridor Management Plan

The Federal Highway Administration lists 14 elements that must be in any corridor management plan (CMP) submitted for national designation.

If the roadway is designated for an All-American Road designation, there are three additional elements that must be in the CMP.

National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads
  • A map identifying the corridor boundaries and the location of intrinsic qualities and different land uses within the corridor
  • An assessment of the intrinsic qualities and their context
  • A strategy for maintaining and enhancing those intrinsic qualities
    • The level of protection for different parts of National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads can vary, with the highest level of protection afforded those parts which most reflect their intrinsic values. All nationally recognized scenic byways should, however, be maintained with particularly high standards, not only for travelers' safety and comfort, but also for preserving the highest levels of visual integrity and attractiveness strategy for maintaining and enhancing each of those intrinsic qualities.
    • A schedule and a listing of all agency, group and individual responsibilities in the implementation of the corridor management plan, and a description of enforcement and review mechanisms, including a schedule for the continuing review of how well those responsibilities are being met
    • A strategy describing how existing development might be enhanced and new development might be accommodated while still preserving the intrinsic qualities of the corridor
      • This can be done through design review, and such land management techniques as zoning, easements and economic incentives.
    • A plan to assure ongoing public participation in the implementation of corridor management objectives
    • A general review of the road's or highway's safety and accident record to identify any correctable faults in highway design, maintenance or operation
    • A plan to accommodate commerce while maintaining a safe and efficient level of highway service, including convenient user facilities, a plan to accommodate commercial traffic while ensuring the safety of sightseers in smaller vehicles, as well as bicyclists, joggers and pedestrians.
    • A demonstration that intrusions on the visitor experience have been minimized to the extent feasible and a plan for making improvements to enhance that experience
    • A demonstration of compliance with all existing local, state and federal laws on the control of outdoor advertising
    • A signage plan that demonstrates how the state will ensure and make the number and placement of signs more supportive of the visitor experience
    • A narrative describing how the National Scenic Byway will be positioned for marketing
    • A discussion of design standards relating to any proposed modification of the roadway
      • This discussion should include an evaluation of how the proposed changes may affect the intrinsic qualities of the byway corridor.
    • A description of plans to interpret the significant resources of the scenic byway
Additional Elements for All-American Road Designations
  • A narrative on how the All-American Road would be promoted, interpreted and marketed to attract travelers, especially those from other countries
    • The agencies responsible for these activities should be identified.
  • A plan to encourage the accommodation of increased tourism, if this is projected
    • Include some demonstration that the roadway, lodging and dining facilities; roadside rest areas; and other tourist necessities will be adequate for the number of visitors induced by the byway's designation as an All-American Road.
  • A plan for addressing multilingual information needs
    • Further, there must be a demonstration of the extent to which enforcement mechanisms are being implemented in accordance with the CMP.