Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment. Task 90. Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Streamline the Identification of Historic Properties of Federally Funded Transportation Projects

Literature pertaining to the application of geographic information system (GIS) to identify historic properties exists; however, no summary or evaluation of these applications has been undertaken to quantify the benefits of using GIS. This project will provide a nationwide survey of the roles GIS has played in saving taxpayer dollars and streamlining Section 106 compliance on federally funded transportation projects. The result will provide transportation agencies with necessary guidance for the use of GIS to identify and manage historic properties efficiently and effectively. The survey will also collect lessons learned and challenges faced from those entities that have implemented a GIS system for cultural resource studies and coordination. Only limited research has been undertaken for this topic; for example, see National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 347: Managing Archaeological Investigations and NCHRP 25-25 Task 49: Effective Practices for Considering Historic Preservation in Transportation Planning and Early Project Development. However, prior research of this topic did not quantify GIS' ability to save time and money in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)/Section 106 context. This project would provide applied data and experiences for the implementation of GIS as a standard methodology on certain types of federally funded transportation projects. The result would be a more unified practice of collecting and utilizing GIS data for historic property consideration among state and federal transportation agencies, State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs) and academia.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 25-25, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Jencks, Crawford

  • Performing Organizations:

    ICF Incorporated LLC

    9300 Lee Highway
    Fairfax, VA  United States  22031
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ingbar, Eric

  • Start Date: 20140408
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150608
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37662

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543505
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 25-25, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 17 2014 1:00AM