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 Administration (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.