Many state DOTs and MPOs include historic preservation goals and objectives in their long range transportation plans. These goals and objectives generally focus on the importance of avoiding and minimizing impacts to historic properties, and in some cases, enhancing these resources. These goals and objectives are usually addressed in the context of Section 106 compliance, during project development. There are several DOTs and MPOs, however, who begin to address these goals and objectives during long range planning, long before the start of Section 106. These DOTs and MPOs have developed programs or implement approaches that identify historic properties within proposed project areas identified in long range plans, assess impacts on these properties from the proposed projects, and consult with their SHPOs and other stakeholders about historic preservation issues associated with these projects. The results of these identification, evaluation, and consultation efforts are then used for decision-making in programming and project development.
This research highlights effective practices that may help historic preservation and transportation planners better coordinate their efforts. The contractor's final report may be accessed here:
http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP25-25(87)_FR.pdf , and
a PowerPoint presentation summarizing the effort is available here:
This study was requested by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and conducted as part of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 25-25. The final deliverables are NOT official publications of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, or the National Academies.