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About ProjectPATH

 

  

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) partnered with Preservation Pennsylvania (the Commonwealth's only statewide, private non-profit, membership organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties) to create the Project for Pennsylvania Transportation and Heritage (ProjectPATH). 

If you choose to participate as an interested individual or consulting party on a transportation project, you may be contacted by a PennDOT District Cultural Resource Professional regarding a new online posting.

If you have questions about using ProjectPATH or participating as an interested individual or a project consulting party, you can contact us at 717-772-0830 or via email at askprojectpath@pa.gov

Our Mission

In 2008, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Preservation Pennsylvania partnered to create ProjectPATH.  The new program aims to improve the agency’s approach to seeking consulting parties and to encourage public participation in transportation projects. Through the ProjectPATH program, interested individuals are able to access online all new Section 106 documentation for projects programmed on the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Privacy Policy

PennDOT only collects and stores your email address and contact information for log in purposes and to send you information about Department transportation projects. We do not sell or distribute your personal information. You can remove yourself from our list at any time. Please contact us at askprojectpath@pa.gov to request to be removed from the mailing list.Personal information you provide when you register is stored in a secure location and is accessible only by designated staff.

If you choose to participate as an interested individual or consulting party on a transportation project, you may be contacted by a PennDOT District Cultural Resource Professional regarding a new online posting. Please note that copies of letters received, and consulting party response forms or emails indicating that you wish to be a consulting party, are posted publicly on PATH unless you specifically indicate that you do not wish this information to be public.

The ProjectPATH site contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the content and privacy practices of those sites, and we recommend that you read their privacy policies for further information.

Section 106 Consultation – Your Rights and Responsibilities

Under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, consultation means “the process of seeking, discussing, and considering the views of others, and, where feasible, seeking agreement with them on how historic properties should be identified, considered, and managed.” Consultation is built upon the exchange of ideas, not simply providing information.

As part of the section 106 process, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) work with consulting parties.  Consulting parties include: the State Historic Preservation Officer (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission), Federally-recognized Indian Tribes, local governments, as well as other individuals and organizations with a demonstrated interest in the project.

Interest is demonstrated by the nature of a legal or economic relation to the project or affected properties, or concern with the project’s effects on historic properties.  A landowner and a local preservation group are examples of an individual and organization with a demonstrated interest.

Consultation does not mandate a specific outcome. Rather, it is the process of seeking views on the project’s effect on eligible historic properties and, if the effect is adverse how project effects on historic properties should be resolved.

You Have a Voice!  Participate Today!

Preservation Pennsylvania presents in partnership with PennDOT the Project for Pennsylvania Transportation and Heritage (Project PATH). Project PATH provides users with a searchable database of all transportation projects programmed on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP).

The searchable database includes frequently updated information and allows you to access important section 106 documents for projects in your neighborhood. You may search for a project by location, name or MPMS number. Search for a project.

Preservation Pennsylvania also offers an email alert system to inform you about transportation projects in your community that may have the potential to affect historic resources. Sign up to receive email alerts. Once you sign up, Project PATH will send you email alerts when PennDOT Cultural Resource Professionals post project information online.

What is a Consulting Party?

The State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO), the Federal applicant or agency and representatives of local governments have consultative roles in the section 106 process.

In addition, certain individuals and organizations with a demonstrated interest in the undertaking may participate as consulting parties. Demonstrated interest may include legal or economic relation to the undertaking or affected properties, or concern with the undertaking’s effects on historic properties.

PennDOT is required to involve the public in the section 106 process. Individuals and organizations may submit requests to become consulting parties or request public participation. PennDOT, in consultation with the SHPO, evaluates the requests and approves requests with demonstrated interest. 

 Why should I bother?

By participating as a consulting party on a transportation project, your input will be considered early in the design process and may affect PennDOT’s treatment of the historic property. As a consulting party, PennDOT will actively inform you of steps in the section 106 process and PennDOT will consider your comments. Learn more about effective consultation.

Rights of Consulting Parties compared to the rights of the public:

 

Public

Consulting Party

Information in a timely manner about a project and its effects on historic properties

Participate in the Section 106 process

Formally seek consulting party status based on a demonstrated interest

 

Provide comment on a PennDOT/FHWA finding that a project has an effect on historic resources within 30 days of notice

Provide comment on how a project would avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to a historic resource

Attend and participate in consulting party meetings

 

Provide comment on the eligibility of historic resources within 30 days of notice

 

Concur on a memorandum of agreement

 

Object to a PennDOT finding within 30 days of a finding

 

Elevate an unresolved objection to FHWA, and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation or National Register of Historic Places, as appropriate

 

Responsibilities of FHWA/PennDOT to consulting parties and the public:


Public Interested Group Consulting Party
Clearly describe the project at the start of the section 106 process, including the project schedule  
Identify and invite consulting parties to participate in the section 106 process for a project    
Consider all requests for formal consulting party status    
Acknowledge (the public and consulting parties’) interests in a project and seek to understand them  
Provide clear comment deadlines where appropriate  
Provide findings of effect and supporting documentation  
Invite comments to resolve an adverse effect  
Document comments received from the public and consulting parties  
Have PennDOT work to resolve an objection to a determination of National Register eligibility, and if necessary involve FHWA in attempting to resolve the objection  
Provide findings of eligibility and supporting documentation and invite comments    
Invite (a consulting party) to concur on a memorandum of agreement, where appropriate    
Have PennDOT work to resolve a (consulting party) objection to a finding, and, if necessary involve FHWA in attempting to resolve the objection    
 

Technical Assistance Organizations

  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

    1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 803
    Old Post Office Building
    Washington, DC 20004
    Ph: 202.606.8503
    http://www.achp.gov/index.html

    The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is an independent Federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation's historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.
  • HeritagePA

    Jane Sheffield, President
    PO Box 348
    Altoona, PA 16603
    Ph: 814.940.1922

    http://www.heritagepa.net/

    HeritagePA is committed to helping the state’s Heritage Areas and Corridors become more effective through the benefit of collective experience and expertise.  The organization facilitates collaboration and sharing of “best practices” and serves as a catalyst in the heritage development movement for improved operations, marketing, government relations and public advocacy.

  • Historic Bridge Foundation

    PO Box 66245
    Austin, Texas 78766
    Ph: 512.407.8898
    kitty@historicbridgefoundation.com
    http://historicbridgefoundation.com/#content

    The Historic Bridge Foundation is a national advocacy organization for the preservation of historic bridges in the United States.
  • National Park Service

    http://www.nps.gov/index.htm

    Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, the NPS is proud to safeguard these nearly 400 places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year.

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, Northeast Field Office

    6401 Germantown Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    Ph: 215.848.8033
    Fax: 215.848.5997
    http://www.preservationnation.org/

    The regional and field offices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation provide assistance to strengthen local and state preservation organizations, on-site technical assistance, preservation advocacy, administration and assistance on financial-aid programs, and development of conferences and special projects to address regional preservation issues.
  • PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/

    DCNR’s mission is to conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ enjoyment.

  • PennDOT Cultural Resources Management

    PennDOT Bureau of Design
    Environmental Quality Assurance Division
    Cultural Resources Section
    PO Box 3790
    Harrisburg, Pa 17105-3790
    http://www.penndotcrm.org/

    PennDOT CRM provides information about various PennDOT programs relating to historic structures and archaeological resources.
  • Pennsylvania Archaeological Council

    Richard Geidel, President
    Ph: 717.441.2216
    rgeidel@navarrowright.com

    http://www.pennarchcouncil.org/

    The Pennsylvania Archaeological Council (PAC) is a statewide organization of professional archaeologists dedicated to promoting Pennsylvania archaeology. The specific goals of the organization are to actively promote legislation in the best interests of archaeology in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to assist and advise state and federal agencies within the Commonwealth in matters pertaining to historic and archaeological preservation and to encourage the highest standards of professionalism in such matters, to promote informed and creative archaeological research and to provide a vehicle for its dissemination, to promote the education of both the public and private sectors in all archaeological matters, to establish ethical and research standards for the conduct of archaeology in the Commonwealth, and to provide both scientific and moral leadership in all archaeological matters in the Commonwealth.

  • Pennsylvania Chapter American Planning Association

    587 James Drive
    Harrisburg, PA 17112-2273
    Ph: 717.671.4510

    http://www.planningpa.org/index.shtml

    The PA Chapter of APA is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization for professional planners and planning officials in the Commonwealth. The organization is a chapter of the American Planning Association (APA).  Approximately 3,000 members strong, the PA Chapter works to promote planning at all levels of the Commonwealth through trainings, the annual conference, legislative monitoring, and public awareness efforts. PA Chapter of APA members participate with various statewide and regional groups with shared values and goals.

  • Pennsylvania Downtown Center

    130 Locust Street, Suite 101
    Harrisburg, PA  17101   
    Ph :717-233-4675            
    www.padowntown.org  

    Pennsylvania’s statewide nonprofit dedicated to the vitality, management and economic development of Pennsylvania’s downtowns and business districts
  • Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

    Commonwealth Keystone Building
    400 North Street, 2nd Floor
    Harrisburg, PA 17120
    http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/historic_preservation/3741

    Environmental Review
    http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=3787&&SortOrder=300&level=2&parentid=3741&css=L2&mode=2
    The ER staff review section 106 and State History Code projects.

    National Register
    http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pennsylvania_and_national_register_programs/3780
    The NR staff review national register nominations, as well as weigh in on the eligibility of properties that are being reviewed for section 106.  
        
    Cultural Resources Geographic Information System
    http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/crgis/3802
    The CRGIS staff work to make National Register files and determinations available to the public through their map-based utility.
  • Preservation Pennsylvania

    257 North Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17101
    Ph: 717.234.2310
    Fax: 717.234.2522
    info@preservationpa.org
    www.preservationpa.org

    Preservation Pennsylvania is the Commonwealth’s only statewide, private non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties.
  • Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology

    http://www.pennsylvaniaarchaeology.com/

    The Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Inc. was organized in 1929 to: promote the study of the prehistoric and historic archaeological resources of Pennsylvania and neighboring states; encourage scientific research and discourage exploration which is unscientific or irresponsible in intent or practice; promote the conservation of archaeological sites, artifacts, and information; encourage the establishment and maintenance of sources of archaeological information such as museums, societies, and educational programs; promote the dissemination of archaeological knowledge by means of publications and forums; foster the exchange of information between the professional and the vocational archaeologists.

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