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Cultural Resources

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Joseph Santangelo
Cultural Resources Manager
(615) 253-1454

Throughout TDOT’s project development and construction phases, historians and archaeologists in the Cultural Resources Section ensure compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 through their review of TDOT projects to identify and assess effects to archaeological sites and historic buildings, structures, districts, or other places that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and to consult with federally recognized Native American Tribes with an interest in Tennessee. TDOT Cultural Resources staff provides documentation of these studies to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Section 106 consulting parties, local governments, and the public at-large.

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106 Programmatic Agreement

The TN Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the Tennessee State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation – Division of Archaeology (TDOA), to develop the attached Programmatic Agreement Among FHWA, TDOT, SHPO, and ACHP Regarding Implementation of Transportation Projects (Agreement).  The Federal Highway Administration (TN Division) is responsible for ensuring that the State’s transportation program complies with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (54 U.S.C. § 306108, as amended, and codified in its implementing regulations, 36 CFR Part 800, as amended).  The purpose of this Agreement is to stipulate how the State takes into account the effects of the transportation program on historic properties in Tennessee.  These stipulations shall govern compliance of the program with Section 106 of the NHPA.

Section 106 Programmatic Agreement Draft
Section 106 Programmatic Agreement Draft, Appendix A

We are providing this Agreement for review and consideration.  If you wish to provide comments on the  Agreement, please submit those by email to Tammy Sellers, by May 7th .

Tammy Sellers, DA 
James K. Polk Building, 9th Floor 
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615.741.5367