Integrating Cultural Resource Management (CRM) and Historic Preservation into Transportation Planning
Historic Preservation/Cultural Resources
Community & Cultural Concerns
Research Idea Scope
1) Identify best practices for the inclusion of historic preservation concerns in statewide and regional transportation planning;2)Identify best practices for involving SHPOs/THPOs, Indian tribes, and other stakeholders, including the public, in consideration of historic preservation concerns during transportation planning; 3)Identify best practices for early NEPA participation for SHPOs/THPOs, and Indian tribes; 4) Determine if, and how, transportation agencies are getting Indian tribes to the table during planning to discuss historic preservation issues; 5) Identify the staffing and tools needed to effectively integrate historic preservation in planning, what is critical for an effective program and what can be done with limited financial resources; 6) Identify ways that some state DOTs have been able to fund broad-based cultural resources surveys for planning purposes; 7) Discuss the challenges and obstacles to effective consideration of historic preservation concerns during planning and early project development; and 8) Identify steps that can be taken to overcome challenges. 9) A working group would be convened to develop a scope for a pilot/demonstration project.
Urgency and Payoff
It is anticipated that the research would confirm the benefits of early CRM, which would include expediting project delivery, reducing project costs, streamlining NEPA and Section 106 compliance, improving predictability of project outcomes, increasing the avoidance of impacts to historic properties and improving management and conservation of historic properties.