Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment. Task 97. Historic Roads: A Synthesis of Identification and Evaluation Practices

Historic roads are an intrinsic part of the nation’s heritage, representing diverse periods and trends in engineering design from the wagon roads that survive in rural areas to early transcontinental routes.  Some are seemingly common while others, such as the Lincoln Highway and Route 66, have become iconic. As linear resources with a current transportation function, historic roads pose a challenge for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), state departments of transportation (DOTs), and state historic preservation offices (SHPOs) to identify, define, and evaluate for historic significance. FHWA and state DOTs are required to consider the effects their transportation projects may have on historic roads that are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (National Register), pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Historic roads eligible for listing in the National Register are also protected under Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act. A number of states have undertaken efforts to develop historic contexts to assist with the identification and evaluation of historic corridors within their respective states.  This project provides cultural resources professionals at state DOTs and their partner agencies with a snapshot of the state of historic roads studies. An annotated bibliography of resources is also included.  


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 25-25, Task 97

  • 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:

    Hartell, Ann

  • Performing Organizations:

    WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Albuquerque, New Mexico  United States 

    New South Associates

    6150 East Ponce de Leon Avenue
    Stone Mountain, GA  United States  30083
  • Principal Investigators:

    Reed, Mary

  • Start Date: 20160216
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20171231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39795

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01566284
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 25-25, Task 97
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2015 1:00AM