Strafford Metropolitan Planning Organization (SMPO) offers planning and technical assistance for community transportation projects. As a Metropolitan Planning Organization assistance for data collection, analysis, research, writing and formatting is offered for partners applying for grant assistance.
The New Hampshire Scenic and Cultural Byways Program was established in 1992 under RSA 238:19, "... to provide the opportunity for residents and visitors to travel a system of byways which feature the scenic and cultural qualities of the state within the existing highway system, promote retention of rural and urban scenic byways, support the cultural, recreational and historic attributes along these byways, and expose the unique elements of the state's beauty, culture and history." The legislation established the program and a Scenic and Cultural Byways Council that serve as an appointed advisory body for the program. The administration of the program is through the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Community Assistance.
In the Strafford Region there are communities which fall within three differernt Scenic Byways. The three scenic byways are the:
On September 6, 2013 a $1.4 million dollar Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant was awarded for NH Northcoast Rail Corridor Improvements.The funding will go towards the repair of 42 miles of rail that has been used continually over three centuries for transportation of freight to and from mill communities in the 1800s, to the current transportation of sand and propane.
Learn more about the project here.
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
150 Wakefield Street, Suite 12
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
Tel: (603) 994-3500 Fax: (603)994-3504