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‚ÄčCultural Resources

The Cultural Resources Work Group is part of the PennDOT's commitment to building and maintaining a transportation network that lies as gently on Pennsylvania's natural and cultural landscape as possible.

The program staff includes 13 Cultural Resources Professionals (CRPs) working out of the department's 11 Engineering District Offices across the state and supported by four senior staff in Central Office. This group of archaeologists and architectural historians ensure that proposed transportation projects comply with relevant preservation laws and regulations. They also work with their counterparts in environmental and design staffs, at the Federal Highway Administration, at the State Historic Preservation Office, at Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, at consulting firms, with consulting parties, and the general public. The Harrisburg staff develops agency policy, works on state- and program-wide initiatives, works with cultural resource professionals in other state and federal agencies, and conducts quality control reviews.

A statewide Section 106 programmatic agreement is the primary tool used to fulfill the programs mission. That agreement delegates substantial authority to the department, but requires that the program maintain a trained staff of CRM professionals. The entire program is subjected to an annual review by all the agreement signatories. It also requires that the program and actions are publicly accessible. This is done through Project Path, a web-based system that makes all of the program's actions, determinations, and technical documents available online and in real time.