The National Academies

NCHRP 25-25/Task 049 [Final]

Effective Practices for Considering Historic Preservation in Transportation Planning and Early Project Development
[ NCHRP 25-25 (Research for the AASHTO Committee on Environment and Sustainability) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $50,000
Research Agency: Cambridge Systematics Inc.
Principal Investigator: Terry Klein/SRF
Effective Date: 6/20/2008
Completion Date: 7/19/2008
Comments: Completed and final report sent to AASHTO SCOE.

Since the passage of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) in 2005, there have been several reports, studies, and web sites that describe best practices associated with the consideration of environmental factors during planning and early project development. These environmental factors include, for example, air quality, natural resources, and social and economic issues. SAFETEA-LU also requires consul­tation with historic preservation agencies and organizations during planning and early project development, in addition to comparing transportation plans with cultural resource inventories, if available. Unfortunately, there have been few publications and studies describing best prac­tices for integrating historic preservation factors with planning and early project development.
This research effort aims to compile in one document descrip­tions of best practices for considering historic preservation factors during transportation systems planning and early project development. This project also examines how state departments of transportation (DOT) effectively engage historic preservation agencies and organizations, and Federally recognized tribes, during planning and the initial stages of project development.

The study was conducted in three stages: 1) a literature search; 2) a nationwide on-line survey of state DOTs and local planning organizations; and 3) follow-up interviews with those agen­cies and organizations that noted in their survey responses that they did consider historic pres­ervation factors during either planning or early project development.  The final report is available at https://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/archive/NotesDocs/25-25(49)_FR.pdf

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