Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program

Statewide Transportation Enhancement Project Examples
Category 4: Scenic or Historic Highway Programs (including the provision of tourist and welcome center facilities)
  • Activities that protect and enhance the scenic, historic, cultural, natural and archaeological aspects of scenic or historic highways.
  • Projects do not require inclusion in the federal scenic or historic highway program, but must relate to recognized or established scenic or historic sites in the area.
  • Projects that incorporate tourist and welcome center facilities should be operational during the periods that visitors normally utilize these facilities.

Example Project #1

Project Name: Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center

Location: Town of Langtry, Val Verde County

Project Description: This project provided pedestrian tails for the visitors center and preservation of historic structures and exhibits to the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center complex, a Texas Travel Information Center. An historic railroad boxcar and opera house were also restored and serve as exhibit facilities. For more information, visit the Travel Information Center.

District or Division: Laredo District

Federal Funds: $140,560

Federal Funds: $69,713

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Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center - main entrance Entrance to Judge Roy Bean Visitor's Center in the town of Langtry.
Overall view of the complex. Overview of the Judge Roy Bean Complex with trails, including the Judge Roy Bean Saloon, Opera House and Visitor's Center.
Native vegetation adorns the landscape Native vegetation adorns the landscape of the complex and trails.
Interior of the main visitor building. Interior of the visitor's center not only provides visitors with information, but also has diorama displays and a video theater.
Exterior restoration of the Original Opera House Exterior restoration of the opera house was part of a preservation effort to protect the visitor center complex's remaining historic structures. (Opera aficionado looks on.)

Example Project #2

Project Name: The Old San Antonio Road Historic Highway Program

Location: Atascosa, Frio and Medina Counties

Project Description: The Old San Antonio Road (OSR) has been identified by Scenic America as one of the nation's 20 most important national scenic byways. Scenic America has also identified the OSR as one of the ten most endangered scenic byways, as the educational value and identity of the route is being lost. This project included planning, design and development of activities along the route in Frio, Atascosa and Medina counties. Preservation of the road included development of brochures identifying sites while also educating the public about the road's historic significance.

District or Division: San Antonio District

Federal Funds: $69,713

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Sign along road Signs along the road help designate the route and provide information to the general public.
Mission San Jose founded in 1720 Mission San Jose founded in 1720, is one of five missions established in the San Antonio area that was served by the historic transportation route.
Historic inn in Castroville Now known as the "Landmark Inn", this historic inn in Castroville still serves travelers with a place to stay as it did for stagecoach passengers in the early 1800s.
Map of El Camino Real El Camino Real consisted of a network of roads winding from Presidio, on the Texas/Mexico border, into central and east Texas and beyond.

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