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Programmatic Agreement for the Evaluation and Treatment of Abandoned Historic Railroad Grades
Description of the Program:
The Montana Division, FHWA, recently executed a Programmatic Agreement (PA) to streamline the review of projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in the state of Montana. The PA establishes protocols for the National Register evaluation of abandoned railroad grades and for the standardized treatment of effects to eligible abandoned railroad grades affected by FHWA-funded projects.
The PA applies to all historic abandoned railroad grades constructed in Montana after 1880 and at least 50 years old. Provisions include:
Analysis of Consultation and Agreement
This PA extends and expands a program for streamlined review that has been in place for more than a decade in Montana for abandoned railroad grades. It establishes a program that streamlines review for a type of historic property of little interest from the public, and in exchange, MDT is funding public interpretation, the publication of information about historic railroads in Montana, and producing detailed information on the locations and history of these railroad routes for the state.
Why this is a good agreement
Montana is the first state to execute a PA for the documentation and mitigation of effects to abandoned historic railroad grades It is a good example of the use of creative mitigation and a program alternative to address a common type of historic property, where effects are similar and repetitive, and the implementation of this PA has far greater benefit than is usually achieved in the standard Section 106 review process.
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Posted March 15, 2011