National Synthesis of Successful Strategies for Managing Post-World War II Resources in Identification Surveys

Focus Area

Historic Preservation/Cultural Resources


Community & Cultural Concerns




Under $99k


Under 1 year

Research Idea Scope

This study would be a follow-up to the 2008 NCHRP study on post-World War II housing and specifically focus on identifying strategies employed by state DOTs to manage the exponential increase in properties approaching or exceeding 50 years of age. Are the state DOTs conducting “business as usual” and surveying all properties approaching or exceeding 50 years of age as they would for pre-World War II properties, or have efficiencies been negotiated with their respective SHPOs to better manage increasing quantity while still identifying the very few significant resources? Disclosure: The concept for this study was suggested to me by Emily Pettis with Mead and Hunt, the principal investigator for the 2008 NCHRP study.

Urgency and Payoff

With each passing year the quantity of post-World War II properties increases exponentially. Efficiencies to better manage quantity of resources has a direct bearing on transportation project costs and schedules. A synthesis of available efficiencies will help individual DOTs negotiate their own practice improvements with their SHPOs and be better prepared to deliver projects on-time and on-budget.

Suggested By

Antony Opperman Virginia Department of Transportation 804-371-6749

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