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Section 4(f) Success Stories

Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, the law that established the US DOT, is intended to protect significant parks, recreation areas, wildlife refuges, and historic sites from the effects of transportation projects. Under Section 4(f), historic sites and other protected...

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Section 4(f)

Provision in Department of Transportation Act that prohibits federal approval or funding of transportation projects that require "use" of any historic site unless (1) there is "no feasible and prudent alternative to the project," and (2) the project includes "all possible planning to minimize...

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ACHP Federal Historic Preservation Case Law

ACHP Federal Historic Preservation Case Law reports feature essays on the current status of Federal historic preservation law, the provisions of major preservation authorities, and procedural issues in litigating preservation cases. #AdvisoryCouncilonHistoricPreservation #Transportation ...

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May 2013 Forum Focus: Making the Most of MAP-21: The Next Chapter for Preservation in Transportation Planning

When Congress passes a new law, most people wonder: “Does this affect me? And if so, how?” The new transportation law enacted by Congress last fall has preservationists asking these same questions.Effective October 1, 2012, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) is a...

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The New Transportation Act (FAST Act): What Does this Mean for Preservation?

Fort McHenry, a National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, was once threatened by a highway project. However, the Section 4(f) review process ultimately led highway officials to drop the elevated bridge idea and instead build a tunnel under Baltimore Harbor – a project that came...

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Historic Preservation and Transportation

If a proposed project… involves a historic facility or is located in an area of historic or scenic value, the Secretary may approve the project…if such project is designed to standards that allow for the preservation of such historic or scenic value and such project is designed...

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Federal Highway Reauthorization Legislation: What’s at Stake for Historic Preservation

Preservationists will be in for a fight during the next Congress, as the House and Senate prepare to reauthorize a surface transportation policy bill. Within that bill will be several provisions that specifically address environmental and historic preservation concerns. Here’s what’s...

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SAFETEA-LU: A Third Generation of Surface Transportation Law

On August 10, 2005, the President approved Congress’s reauthorization of the nation’s surface transportation law, extending it through fiscal year 2009. The enactment of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEALU) capped a...