Current Issues: National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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NCHRPSince 1962, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has facilitated innovative research that brings state DOTs, universities, and others together to study transportation issues and develop solutions. These solutions are then disseminated among transportation agencies. Funded by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the program is administered by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), with technical assistance from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The value of NCHRP lies in creating dialogue and data-driven solutions among transportation professionals on best practices for shared challenges. AASHTO invites problem statements from state DOTs, AASHTO committee and council chairs, and FHWA that identify the immediate need for research. AASHTO committees select projects with the greatest benefits to project stakeholders. These projects are voted on by AASHTO members and approved by the AASHTO Board of Directors, FHWA, and TRB. Research focuses on the fields of highways, transit, airports, hazardous materials, freight, rail, and behavioral traffic safety.

Mead & Hunt has been selected to complete a current NCHRP project related to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. NCHRP Project 25-62 focuses on project-level Programmatic Agreements (PAs) and Post-World War II (postwar) commercial property types. More information about this project can be found here. This project is designed to learn from the experiences of state DOTs, State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), FHWA Divisions, THPOs and other agencies. By identifying the biggest challenges related to project-level PAs and postwar commercial property types, we will be able to recommend strategies and tools that will be useful to agencies across the country.

For this NCHRP project to be beneficial and provide a national perspective, it is important that cultural resource practitioners participate in the outreach efforts by completing two online surveys – see links below. Responses will be reviewed and analyzed by members of the research team but will not be made publicly available. Information gained through this survey may be attributed to specific organizations – but not to specific individuals – in the project reports.

Survey 1 – Postwar Commercial Properties

Survey 2 – Programmatic Agreements (PAs)

For more information on this NCHRP Project, please contact the project co-Principal Investigators: Emily Pettis ( and Dianna Litvak (

Christina Slattery

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Christina Slattery specializes in historic preservation of transportation and engineering structures. She evaluates the significance of properties ranging from missile defense systems to road corridors, and develops creative mitigation strategies for projects.

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