Due to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (36 CFR 800), federal agencies must consider the effects of their projects on historic properties – archaeological or historic architectural sites that are either listed, or meet the criteria for listing, on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). If there is any federal money tied to a project, or the project requires a federal permit, such as a 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fill wetlands/streams, it is subject to Section 106. Other examples may include an airport development that requires an FAA land release for non-aeronautical use; a cell tower project that requires a license from the FCC; a pipeline project sponsored by FERC; a HUD-funded housing development. The TranSystems team investigates the project area for archaeological resources and/or historic architectural sites and determines their significance.
TranSystems’ lead archaeologist and architectural historian have a combined 36 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. TranSystems cultural resources team has completed cultural resources investigations, evaluation and mitigation planning and implementation throughout the midwest. Among the cultural resources services we offer are: phase I and phase II archaeological reconnaissance, phase I and phase II historic architecture survey, phase III archaeological data recovery, historic American building survey, historic American engineering recordation, and regulatory agency coordination. While we are experts within our disciplines, we have a comprehensive understanding of the NEPA process and maintain a ‘common-sense philosophy’ of cultural resource management. We understand the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as well as ODOT’s PDP, resulting in a streamlined, systematic approach to the project.
We provide services to any project sponsor receiving federal funding, permits or licenses in connection to projects that fall into one of our nine market sectors, under the transportation umbrella. This may include state departments of transportation, city and county departments of transportation, airport authorities, railroads, regional transit authorities, port authorities, pipeline and telecommunication companies, the federal government and private developers.