Streamlining Section 106 for historic bridges

Posted in: Bridges, Cultural Resources

15-anniversary-300x162pxThrough its Successes in Stewardship newsletter, Federal Highway Administration supports states’ efforts to accelerate project delivery. The November issue details how the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development achieved streamlining of the Section 106 process for historic bridges while at the same time increasing preservation opportunities.

Benefits of the project that are highlighted include:

  • Expands partnerships to efficiently inventory historic bridges
  • Clarifies agency roles in historic bridge preservation
  • Accelerates bridge project delivery across Louisiana
  • Maintains project momentum through training and reporting requirements
  • Improves communication among partners

LADOTD sought support from Mead & Hunt to inventory its historic bridge population and develop an effective compliance and preservation program.  A Programmatic Agreement outlines how LADOTD will work with its state and federal partners to execute the program.

Louisiana has 150 historic bridges throughout the state that are listed in or determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. With assistance from Mead & Hunt, LADOTD and its partners prioritized bridges based on historical and engineering factors to focus future LADOTD preservation efforts on the state’s most significant historic bridges.

Amy Squitieri

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Amy Squitieri, an expert in historic bridges, helps states and bridge owners balance engineering needs for safety and good function with interests to preserve the legacy of the past. “Success is when an owner can reuse their existing infrastructure in a way that’s both functional and retains important aspects of engineering heritage,” says Amy. She leads Mead & Hunt’s Environment and Infrastructure Group.

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