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105 STAT. 1998 PUBLIC LAW 102-240—DEC. 18, 1991 (E) Design review procedures for location of highway facilities, landscaping, and travelers' facilities on the scenic byway system. (F) Procedures for reviewing and terminating the designation of a highway designated as a scenic byway. (G) Such other matters as the advisory committee may deem appropriate. (H) Such other matters for which the Secretary may request recommendations. (4) REPORT.— Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the advisory committee established under this section shall submit to the Secretary and Congress a report containing the recommendations described in paragraph (3). (b) TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.—The Secretary shall provide technical assistance to the States (as such term is defined under section 101 of title 23, United States Code) and shall make grants to the States for the planning, design, and development of State scenic byway programs. (c) FEDERAL SHARE.— The Federal share payable for the costs of planning, design, and development of State scenic bj^way programs under this section shall be 80 percent. (d) FUNDING. —T here shall be available to the Secretary for carry- ing out this section (other than subsection (f)), out of the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account), $1,000,000 for fiscal year 1992, $3,000,000 for fiscal year 1993, $4,000,000 for fiscal year 1994, and $14,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1995, 1996, and 1997. Such sums shall remain available until expended. (e) CONTRACT AUTHORITY.— Notwithstanding any other provision of law, approval by the Secretary of a grant under this section shall be deemed a contractual obligation of the United States for payment of the Federal share of the cost of activities for which the grant is being made. (f) INTERIM SCENIC BYWAYS PROGRAM.— (1) GRANT PROGRAM.— During fiscal years 1992, 1993, and 1994, the Secretary may make grants to any State which has a scenic highway program for carrying out eligible projects on highways which the State has designated as scenic b5rways. (2) PRIORITY PROJECTS. — In making grants under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall give priority to— (A) those eligible projects which are included in a corridor management plan for maintaining scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, and archeological characteristics of the corridor while providing for accommodation of increased tourism and development of related amenities; (B) those eligible projects for which a strong local commitment is demonstrated for implementing the management plans and protecting the characteristics for which the highway is likely to be designated as a scenic byway; (C) those eligible projects which are included in programs which can serve as models for other States to follow when establishing and designing scenic b3rways on an intrastate or interstate basis; and (D) those eligible projects in multi-State corridors where the States submit joint applications. (3) ELIGIBLE PROJECTS. —The following are projects which are eligible for Federal assistance under this subsection: