Section 106 Programmatic Agreement for Virginia’s Transportation Program
What Is It and What Will It Do?
“Programmatic Agreements” are contracts that define the way agency programs are carried out.
In this case, this Programmatic Agreement (PA) defines how the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) consults with other parties concerning the potential effects on historic properties of federally-funded or licensed transportation projects in the commonwealth for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and its regulation, 36 CFR 800.
The most notable features of this PA include:
- The ability of VDOT to act as the Federal agency in certain aspects of Section 106 consultation
- Procedures to expedite the consultation process for projects not affecting historic properties
- Public outreach commitments for defining Virginia’s historic bridges
- Procedures to expedite Section 106 consultation in emergency response
- Standards for reporting, unexpected discoveries, and the treatment of human remains
Who Is Involved?
The primary participants in this effort include the agencies typically involved with Virginia’s transportation program and Section 106 consultation, including VDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer (Director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources).
Additional agencies may include the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Federally-recognized Indian tribes may be signatories.
What’s Happening Now?
A draft PA has been developed and is available. Public involvement is an important component of this effort and you may submit observations, comments, and questions to FederalPA@VDOT.Virginia.gov . The comment period will remain open until Aug. 17, 2012. All comments received will be considered in developing the final PA.