Route 66 in the News
Grants Awarded; New Designation
On October 9th, U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that 160 projects across 43 states will receive grant funding to improve and promote the highways that make up the America’s Collection of nationally significant roads under the National Scenic Byways Program. Arizona’s Historic Route 66 was awarded funding for the three grants submitted under this grant program earlier this year.
The three grant awards totaling $370,822 will provide funding to conduct an assessment of the Navajo County Courthouse in Holbrook to prepare a preservation plan to secure its future, develop a marketing plan for the Byway, and make improvements to the Kingman Powerhouse which houses the Kingman area Visitor Center and the Route 66 Museum.
Arizona’s portion of Route 66, from the borders of California to New Mexico, was designated as a National Scenic Byway in 2006, and re-designated as an All-American Road on October 16, 2009. Of the 151 roads in the collection only 37 have the distinction of being an All-American Road, roads that are destinations unto themselves.
After the announcement, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez noted, “I join Secretary LaHood in his commitment to protecting and promoting roads that are American icons,” Administrator Mendez continued, “We’re proud to help tell each road’s unique story. The strength of this program is the grassroots support of local advocates in communities throughout the country.”
Authorized by Congress in 1991, the National Scenic Byways Program is a collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve, and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. The National Scenic Byways Program assists in the stewardship and preservation of historic, cultural, and scenic resources through a generous grant awards program, and by promoting the collection of Byways nationally and internationally through maps, brochures, articles, and on the National Scenic Byways website, www.byways.org. The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, founded in 1987 to lead the rebirth of Historic Route 66, and preserve, protect, and promote Route 66, is responsible for this designation becoming a reality.
~Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona Press Releases