Transportation industry projects that require cultural resource services are associated with our nation’s roads, highways and bridges, recreational greenways, navigation corridors and ports, urban transit and railroad systems, and airports.  These projects originate in part from federal agency responsibilities to insure that the nation’s transportation infrastructure is safe, reliable, and sustainable.  Annually the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) stewards a wide range of programs funded by tax dollars and implemented through federal, state, and municipal government entities.  State Departments of Transportation as well as transit, airport, and port authorities are charged with the identification of priorities in the areas of safety and congestion mitigation to assist the US DOT and its specialized departments in meeting their commitments. Agencies then partner to insure each project is designed and built in conformance with environmental regulations, including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  The US DOT supports initiatives to build new roads, improve existing roads and drainage, install landscaping, safety barriers, and signage, replace deteriorating bridges, develop recreational corridors, dredge commercial navigation routes and ports, upgrade and expand transit systems, improve airport safety, and other similar types of projects which must be planned in consideration of historic and archaeological resources that could be affected.

Representive Project Types:
  • Section 106 Eligibility/Effects Documentation
  • Area of Potential Effects (APE) Delineation
  • Feasibility Analyses/Alternatives Analyses/Cultural Resource Screenings
  • Phase IA Literature Reviews and Phase IB Cultural Resource Surveys
  • Phase II National Register of Historic Places Evaluations and Testing
  • Phase III Data Recovery
  • Reconnaissance and Intensive Level Architectural Surveys
  • HABS/HAER Documentation
  • Historic Building Assessments
  • U.S. Department of Transportation 4(f) Documentation
  • Public Involvement Coordination and Consultation
  • SHPO and Tribal (Native American) Coordination and Consultation
  • Agency and Certified Local Government Consultation
  • NEPA Documentation (CED, EA, and EIS)

Sample Projects:
  • New Jersey Department of Transportation: Cultural Resources Mitigation, Route 7-Wittpenn Bridge over Hackensack River, Jersey City and Town of Kearny, Hudson County, New Jersey. Download Project Sheet
  • New Jersey Transit: Access to the Region’s Core Project (ARC), Trans-Hudson Express Tunnel, Hudson County, New Jersey and New York County, New York. Download Project Sheet
  • Delaware Department of Transportation: US Route 301 Levels Road Mainline Contract 3, New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland. Download Project Sheet

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