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Cultural Resources

Cultural Resources Program


The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has a long history in cultural resource management and protection. From the creation of roads and bridges which harmonized with the landscape at our inception, to highway beautification programs that included “Beaver Boards” which highlighted our cultural heritage, to our regulatory role responding to laws from the 1960s, we understand the intimate connection between human pathways and heritage. We consist of a qualified staff of professionals who meet Secretary of the Interior's (SOI) Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

 

We assist the Federal Highway Adminstration (FHWA) in following the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (Section 106) and the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (Section 4(f)). We maintain a Section 106 Programmatic Agreement with FHWA, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), which outlines how we handle both complicated cultural resource interaction and innocuous projects which have limited, if any, effects to historic resources. Our Cultural Resources Staff review all Section 106 documentation, work directly with the FHWA and SHPO offices, develop Section 4(f) documentation, and conduct all Tribal Consultation. Oregon is a state rich in cultural heritage – our program seeks to strike that balance between a growing transportation framework with protection of Oregon’s significant cultural resources. 

 Cultural Resources Consultant Qualification available October 20th.  Click here for additional information

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​Cultural Resources Consultant Qualification Program

ODOT’s New Cultural Resources Consultant Qualification Program is designed to outline document expectations for cultural resources, increase communication efficiency and improve cultural resources documentation quality overall. Click here for the list. Details are as follows:
This Program applies to consultants working on ODOT-related projects (i.e. Federally Funded Local Government Projects, Statewide Transportation Improvement Projects, etc.) 
ODOT holds this training twice a year, every two years. Consultants must attend the course and pass a written exam with a minimum passing score of 80%.  
To remain qualified, consultants will be required to take a refresher course every two years to stay current on the latest requirements. 

The aformentioned list​ notes those consultants who passed the written exam and are considered “qualified” to do cultural resources work* for ODOT. Please note that this program only applies to qualification for ODOT projects and should not be used as a tool to hire consultants for other state agencies. 

*Those existing agreements/contracts that are in place will continue to function as is. Upon expiration, those contracts will be updated and amended to include this new requirement. 

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Archaeology

State transportation projects and archaeological resources have been intertwined since the creation of ODOT in 1913. Such resources vary greatly in their nature, content, context, extent, and are non-renewable finite resources. Over 30,000 sites have been recorded in Oregon to date with less than 10% of the state actually surveyed. Each resource and circumstance must be evaluated individually, and appropriate procedures and steps are developed on a case by case basis.

This program is administered by Carolyn Holthoff, ODOT Cultural Resources Manager in the Geo-Environmental Section. While some fieldwork is conducted in house, most is performed through interagency agreements and private contracts. Our team is a nationally recognized program. We also have conducted several educational events such as the Ashland Mock Dig and the Elk Trail Elementary School Mock Dig.

ODOT has the responsibility of reviewing all scopes of work and final products for sufficiency. ODOT Archaeological Staff are responsible for all Tribal Consultation on ODOT projects.


 
Contacts

Cultural Resources Program Manager
Carolyn Holthoff
Office: 503-986-3252
carolyn.p.holthoff@state.or.us
 

Data Recovery
in Region 4

Dogbane Outreach
Project​


Discovery Region 3 
Jacksonville 

 

 

 

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Historic Resources

As our cities grow and change through the years, the protection of our cultural resources becomes more and more important. For our consultants, links are provided to documents which you will need to comply with the above regulations. Descriptions of the various laws and regulations which protect Oregon´s historic resources.

The ODOT Cultural Resources Program, in coordination with the Bridge Preservation Program, has developed a state-wide Historic bridge guide that will captures the known historic bridges in the state. Click below on the Bridge Preservation link for a PDF version of the book!

Historic Resources - Guidance & Resources

Bridge Preservation Unit

 


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Covered Bridge - Portland, Oregon


Twin Tunnel Area - Columbia River Highway


Vista House at Crown Point - Columbia River Highway
 
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Contacts

Historic Preservation Program Coordinator
Chris Bell
Office: 503-986-3252
christopher.s.bell@odot.state.or.us
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