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Cultural Resources Manual

The 2012 Cultural Resources Manual represents a collaboration of the Ohio Department of Transportation's Office of Environmental Services (ODOT-OES), the Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Its purpose is to serve as guidance on procedures for scoping, identifying, evaluating and documenting cultural resources for ODOT's transportation improvement program. The manual presents cultural resource management as a process within ODOT’s Project Development Process which affords opportunities to avoid, minimize, and/or mitigate impacts to historic properties. This revision of the manual aims to outline a process to improve efficiency and further streamline compliance with existing federal and state laws, ODOT’s Section 106 Programmatic Agreement, and with ODOT’s State Funded and State/Local Funded Project Agreement.

The Cultural Resource Manual is designed for transportation project managers, project planners, and environmental professionals, as well as any others involved in ODOT's Project Development Process. The new electronic format is an improvement over our previous manuals, allowing this website to serve as a central location for easy access as well as allowing future updates to be made quickly and easily. The manual is divided into chapters and appendices. Each chapter or appendix is delivered via interactive pdf format allowing users to quickly locate specific information via the Bookmarks function while linking to outside sources important to the process.






Erica Schneider
Asst. Environmental Administrator
(614) 387-0134

Susan Gasbarro
H/A Team Lead
(614) 728-0719

Stanley Baker
Archaeology Team Lead
(614) 466-5143


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ODOT has been assigned FHWA's responsibilities pursuant to the Surface Transportation Projct Delivery Program, otherwise known as NEPA Assignment. The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act are being carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.