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Note: The images above come from the records of the old Pennsylvania Department of Highways, Record Group 12, courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives.

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To the PennDOT Cultural Resources Program pages.  The program is part of the Department’s commitment to building and maintaining a transportation network that lies as gently on Pennsylvania’s natural and cultural landscape as possible. The PennDOT Cultural Resources program is the largest public sector preservation and archaeology program in the state, and we like to think one of the best as well.

The program staff includes four policy staffers at the Central Office in Harrisburg and thirteen Cultural Resources Professionals (CRP’s) working out of the Department’s eleven Engineering District Offices across the Commonwealth. This cadre of archaeologists and architectural historians ensure that proposed transportation projects comply with preservation laws and regulations.  They also work with their counterparts on the design and maintenance staffs, at the Federal Highway Administration, at the State Historic Preservation Office, at Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, at consulting firms, and with consulting parties and the general public to implement better projects.  Our Central Office staffers in Harrisburg develop agency policy, work on state and program wide initiatives, interface with cultural resource professionals in other state and federal agencies, and conduct quality control reviews.  

A primary tool we use to fulfill our mission is one of the nation’s most extensive programmatic delegation agreements.  That agreement delegates substantial authority to the Department, but requires that we maintain our cadre of CRM professionals and provide them with regular training.  It further requires that the entire program is subjected to an annual review by all the agreement signatories. It also requires that our program and actions are accessible to the public. We maintain that public access through ProjectPath, a partnership with Preservation Pa that makes all of our actions, determinations and technical documents for all of our projects available on-line.  

This website provides visitors with access to our staff directory, to our publications, and to other useful resources related to our program. It includes news links to current issues in preservation, archaeology and transportation.  Please take some time and explore the site, and send any comments or questions to the Webmaster.

PennDOT News

Truss Bridge Re-Evaluation Open for Public Comment

by Joe Baker | Jan 12, 2018
In the first half of 2017, inventoried metal truss bridges that were determined not eligible as individual structures for their engineering significance in the last round of evaluations (2008) underwent a re-evaluation of their National Register eligibility.   The reevaluation resulted in a number of additional bridges being determined eligible for the National Register. The list of re-evaluated bridges is now available, and public comment on the reevaluation is open until 3:00 PM on Friday March 30th. You can provide your comments to Kara Russell at PennDOT or Tyra Guyton at Pa SHPO.