While somewhat different in purpose than a highway, route or corridor plan, Corridor Management Plans (CMPs) provide an analysis of a corridor over a 20+ year planning horizon. CMPs are developed in concert with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Scenic Byway program.
These plans follow FHWA guidelines for a master planning process along a corridor, with a focus both within and outside of the highway right-of-way. These plans establish community-based goals and implementation strategies along a corridor and describe how to use community resources efficiently, how to conserve intrinsic qualities of the corridor and how to enhance its value to the community. For more detailed information, see National Scenic Byways Program Guidance (Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act).
FHWA became a component of the Department of Transportation in 1967 pursuant to the Department of Transportation Act (49 U.S.C. app. 1651 note). It administers the highway transportation programs of the Department of Transportation under pertinent legislation and the provisions of law cited in section 6a) of the act (49 U.S.C. 104) The Administration encompasses highway transportation in its broadest scope seeking to coordinate highways with other modes of transportation to achieve the most effective balance of transportation systems and facilities under cohesive Federal transportation policies pursuant to the act. The Administration administers the Federal-Aid Highway Program; is responsible for several highway-related safety programs; is authorized to establish and maintain a National Network for trucks; administers a coordinated Federal lands program; coordinates varied research, development and technology transfer activities; supports and participates in efforts to find research and technology abroad; plus a few additional programs.