Expiration date: 6/16/2022
The Philadelphia District has collaborated on a draft Programmatic Agreement (PA) for the review of transportation projects related to the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Federal and state agencies signatory to this agreement include: the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Districts of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The purpose of the agreement is to streamline review of transportation-related projects requiring authorization under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, by delegating compliance determinations for minor transportation-related actions requiring coordination under Section 106 of the NHPA to PennDOT cultural resource professionals meeting the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards. This PA represents a renewal of prior agreements among FHWA, PennDOT, ACHP, and PHMC, notably adding the USACE Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Districts as signatories.