History of Iowa’s Scenic Byways
Since the inception of the Iowa Byways Sustainability Project (IBSP) in May of 2008, Resource Conservation and Development Councils (RC&Ds) across Iowa have been working collaboratively with the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) to preserve, protect, interpret, and promote Iowa’s Byways. This project serves as a catalyst for Iowa’s Byways to become engines for economic vitality, historic preservation, and community and transportation planning across the state. Northeast Iowa RC&D serves as the lead entity to build the capacity of the Driftless Area, River Bluffs, Delaware Crossing, and Grant Wood Scenic Byways. To date, stakeholders and councils have been established, new byway wayfinding and signage has been installed, GIS mapping has been complete, byway photos have been taken, marketing materials have been developed, Interpretive Master Plans and Corridor Management Plans have been completed, and work continues to implement these plans to improve and expand upon each of these byways. Visitors who travel these routes explore landmarks and other sites of interest that truly make this region of Iowa distinctive and diverse. Byway travelers experience breathtaking views, unique shopping, year-round outdoor recreation, entertaining festivals, exceptional dining, welcoming people, and stunning sunrises and sunsets.