The public is invited to comment on the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office (NESHPO) and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Statewide Programmatic Agreement for the Federal-aid Highway Program pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in Nebraska. Two virtual public information meetings regarding the proposed Statewide Programmatic Agreement will be held for the on Wednesday, September 30th, 2022. The first meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. for the general public and consulting parties. The second meeting, being held at 1:30 p.m., will focus on the Nebraska tribal community.

 

FHWA and NDOT, as part of a process to streamline environmental reviews for certain projects while fulfilling all federal requirements, have initiated the process to enter into a new Programmatic Agreement to satisfy the requirements of Section 106 of the NHPA for the Federal-aid Highway Program in the State of Nebraska.

 

A proposed Programmatic Agreement among FHWA, NDOT, NESHPO, and ACHP is now available for public review and comment.  The public comment period runs through October 15, 2022.

 

 

Section 106 of the NHPA and its implementing regulations require Federal agencies to take into account the effect of their undertakings on historic properties prior to approving the expenditure of any Federal funds on the undertaking, and also to consult with the NESHPO and other stakeholders regarding these effects.

 

FHWA and NDOT fulfill their NHPA responsibilities relating to the Federal-aid Highway Program in Nebraska through a Statewide Programmatic Agreement executed in 2015. This agreement has governed FHWA and NDOT’s consideration of historic preservation concerns and facilitates the streamlined review of the numerous federally funded highway projects in Nebraska. The proposed Nebraska Statewide Programmatic Agreement is based on the 2015 Programmatic Agreement developed by FHWA and NDOT in consultation with the NESHPO and ACHP. The proposed Programmatic Agreement provides FHWA and NDOT with a consistent approach to Section 106 reviews for Federal-aid Highway Projects in Nebraska and would address the effects of its actions on properties that are eligible for, or listed on, the National Register of Historic Places, including districts, archeological sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.

 

For further information or to request a printed copy of the agreement, contact Stacy Stupka, NDOT Cultural Resources Manager, stacy.stupka@nebraska.gov or 402-479-3879. 

 

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