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Title XIV ROADS AND WATERWAYS

Chapter 226

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  226.797.  Scenic roads and highways system to be established — commission's powers and duties — counties or municipalities may make application, procedure to join or remove from scenic system. — 1.  The general assembly finds that certain roads and highways serve scenic and natural areas and that preserving, protecting, and enhancing such roads and highways for the benefit of the state of Missouri and improving the coordination between all levels of government in preserving such roads and highways is of importance to the people of the state, and that measures should be taken in order to provide a means and stimulus for coordinating the preservations, protection, enhancement, enjoyment, and utilization of such roads and highways.

  2.  The highways and transportation commission of the state of Missouri is authorized to create a state system of scenic byways in order to create and preserve rustic, historic or scenic roads and highways for vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian travel in unhurried, quiet and leisurely enjoyment; to protect and preserve a part of Missouri's transportation history, historic roads and cultures, recreational driving, beauty, trees, vegetation and wildlife by establishing protective standards for scenic byway design, access, maintenance, preservation, and identification, which will promote a continuous system of scenic byways for the public health and welfare.

  3.  Any county commission or the governing body of any municipality may apply to the Missouri highways and transportation commission for the designation of any road or highway, all or part of which is under its jurisdiction, as a scenic byway after a public hearing with at least a thirty-day prior notice.  Unless the commission determines that the road or highway does not meet the standards for scenic byways established by the commission pursuant to this section the commission shall approve the application for designation of the road or highway as a scenic byway.

  4.  Any county commission or the governing body of any municipality may apply to the commission for the removal of any road or highway from the scenic byways system after a public hearing with at least a thirty-day prior notice.  Unless opposed by a majority of the residents along the scenic byway or if the commission determines that the road or highway does not meet the standards for scenic byways established by the commission pursuant to this section the commission shall approve the application for removal of the road or highway from the scenic byways system.

  5.  Roads or highways submitted for designation or removal as scenic byways, which are under the joint jurisdiction of two or more municipalities, or one or more municipalities and one or more counties, or two or more counties may not be designated scenic byways or be withdrawn from the scenic byways system by the commission until the governing bodies of all affected municipalities and the county commissions of all affected counties approve of such designation or removal after public hearings with at least thirty-day prior notices.

  6.  The county commissions, the municipalities and the counties shall have the same authority over scenic byways as they possess over other roads or highways under their jurisdiction.

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(L. 1990 H.B. 1207)


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