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Welcome to the Washington Division

Cultural Resources

"Cultural Resources" in this context means historic properties, archaeological sites, and "Traditional Cultural Properties" that have importance to a group of people. The regulations give extra protection to those properties that are on or eligilble for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.


The two primary laws relating to transportation impacts on Cultural Resources are Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 4(f) of the 1966 Highway Act.

Contact for Project-Specific Questions and Issues

Our Area Engineers should be your first point of contact for project-specific questions. If they are unavailable,
contact Ingrid Allen, their Team Leader.

Contact for Program or Statewide Issues

Contact Sharon P. Love, P.E., Environmental Program Manager

Programmatic Agreement

The FHWA Washington Division has entered into a statewide Section 106 Programmatic Agreement with the Washington State DOT and the Washington Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. This agreement provides for exemption of some projects which are unlikely to impact cultural resources from the requirements of Section 106.

Section 106 Programmatic Agreement
Exhibit A: Tribes Consulted with on Amended Statewide Programmatic Agreement
Exhibit B: Undertakings Presumed to Have Minimal Potential to Cause Effects
Exhibit C: Questions and Answers on Preparation of the Determination of the Area of Potential Effects
Exhibit D: Questions and Answers on Preparation of the Cultural Resources Survey Report

Section 106 Programmatic Agreement With Exhibits (PDF 599 KB)

FHWA Policy and Guidance

Washington State Links

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