MDOT Looking for Input on Proposed Changes to Review Process for Historic Properties

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is looking for comments from the public on a draft programmatic agreement (PA) for the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act review process.

The Federal Highway Administration developed the draft PA in consultation with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, tribal nations and MDOT. The draft PA is currently available for a 30-day public review and comment period.

According to MDOT, the PA would make the review process more efficient for historic properties that could be affected by their actions. Its purpose is to streamline the review process by allowing qualified MDOT staff to perform much of the work required under Section 106.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 is the United State’s primary historic preservation law. It defines the legal responsibilities of federal agencies for the management of historic properties.

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires agencies to consider potential effects of actions that involve federal funding on historic properties, including buildings and archaeological sites. Federal agencies must seek and consider views of the public as part of the process.

Currently, MDOT has a PA for trunkline projects. The new PA will be expanded to include local agency projects with federal funding administered by MDOT.

Public comments are due by May 8. You can submit comments here, or by mail, e-mail or phone to MDOT Public Involvement Specialist and Hearings Officer Monica Monsma:

Monica Monsma
MDOT Environmental Services Section
P.O. Box 30050
Lansing, MI 48909
517-335-4381