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Scenic Byways in New Jersey

Designation Process

The sponsor must fill out the New Jersey Scenic Byways Application (pdf 633k) with required information. This includes conceptual approval from the authorities with management or regulatory jurisdiction over the byway or its segments. These may include the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), county and/or municipalities.

The file above is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file, which is available at our state Adobe Access page.

A completed New Jersey Scenic Byways Application and package must be sent to the New Jersey Transportation Scenic Byways Coordinator. This constitutes a request for nomination of a scenic byway.

The nomination package should be submitted typed on separate sheets of 8 x 11 paper that can be included in a binder. Larger sheets should be folded and placed in a pouch within the binder. The report should have a cover sheets and a list of enclosures as necessary. Besides typed in a binder, the report should also be submitted in Microsoft Word.

Send to:

NJDOT Scenic Byways Coordinator
Landscape and Urban Design
P.O. Box 600
1035 Parkway Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08625

After the nomination

The New Jersey Scenic Byways Advisory Committee will review and comment on the application for the NJDOT Commissioner who will ultimately approve or disapprove it. Following this, a corridor management plan must be submitted within five years of designation. The byway may be eligible to receive federal funds to complete this plan.

Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan

Once declared a New Jersey State Scenic Byway, the sponsor must complete a Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan. This plan must include a scenic inventory, long term management and maintenance recommendations, view shed management (including land use), economic benefits, funding needs and sources and any other relevant information.

The New Jersey State Scenic Byway Committee will review and possibly revise the management plan that is subsequently sent to the NJDOT Commissioner for final approval.

Following the approval, NJDOT will provide Scenic Byway signs for their placement along the route. It is designated on state maps and in the New Jersey Travel Guide. The overall state byways program is subject to continuous review and revision to enable new byways and information to be incorporated into the state program. Failure to adhere to guidelines will result in de-designation.

Federal funding

Roads that have been designated as state scenic byways may be eligible to receive federal scenic byways discretionary grant funds. Eligible categories include: state programs, corridor management plans, safety improvements, byway facilities, access to recreation, resource protection and acquisition, interpretive information and marketing.

An outstanding designated state scenic byway may also be submitted for nomination as a National Scenic Byways if it meets the requirements of the national program


Scenic byways can be de-designated for several reasons. Failure to submit the required Management Plan within five years of the approval, failure to conserve the scenic qualities and failure to submit status reports to document reasonable progress are some of the reasons for possible de-designation.

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  Last Updated:  June 4, 2015