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Section 4(f) Success Stories 

05-20-2016 15:31

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 resources must be avoided, unless there is “no feasible and prudent alternative” and all “possible planning to minimize harm” has been utilized. This legal requirement has become an indispensable safeguard to protect our historic and cultural resources. Five case studies are featured here.



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Michigan Street Bridge, Sturgeon Bay, WI   263K   1 version
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In the late '90s, the Wisconsin DOT wanted to demolish and replace the historic 1930 Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Because of Section 4(f) the federal and state transportation agencies changed their plans, with the support of city and county officials.
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Historic Merritt Parkway, Norwalk, CT   230K   1 version
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The Merritt Parkway was threatened by a proposed interchange expansion project in Norwalk. The 4(f) mandate to incorporate “all possible planning to minimize harm” was the substantive standard that ultimately caused the state and federal transportation agencies to revise their plans and significantly down-size the interchange.
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Interstate 30, Ft. Worth, TX   249K   1 version
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Interstate 30 opened in 1958, eight years before Section 4(f) became law. It ran through the southern end of downtown Fort Worth immediately above Lancaster Avenue, a major thoroughfare that was part of one of America's early coast-to-coast auto routes.
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Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD   241K   1 version
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Fort McHenry, the site that inspired the National Anthem, was originally slated to be overshadowed by an elevated interstate highway bridge. Section 4(f) was instrumental in leading to a better transportation solution and saving an iconic historic resource with enduring value to the nation.
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10th Street Bridge, Great Falls, Montana   270K   1 version
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The historic Tenth Street Bridge in Great Falls, Montana was slated for demolition by the Montana Department of Transportation (DOT) when an adjacent new bridge was completed in 1995.

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