The Pennsylvania Transportation and Heritage (PATH) website was conceived in 2009 as a tool for public involvement and public education for cultural-heritage resource management
issues and efforts at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). In 2010, PennDOT partnered with Preservation Pennsylvania (the Commonwealth's only statewide,
private non-profit, membership organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties) to create PATH.
PATH provides users with a searchable database of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) and Pennsylvania State History Code undertakings on all
transportation projects programmed on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). To learn more about the STIP,
please visit https://talkpatransportation.com/transportation-planning/STIP.
The searchable database includes frequently updated information and allows you to access documents produced pursuant to Section 106 and the State History Code for projects in your
neighborhood. You may search for a project by location, name or PennDOT’s Multi-modal Project Management System (MPMS) number. PATH also offers an email alert system to inform you
about transportation projects in your community, and/or based upon interest categories, that may have the potential to affect historic resources. Once you sign up, PATH will send
you email alerts when PennDOT Cultural Resource Professionals post project information.
If you have questions about using PATH or participating as a consulting party, you can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A user’s guide to the database can be found here: PATH user’s guide.
Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) ( https://www.achp.gov/digital-library-section-106-landing/section-106-regulations
), consultation means the process of seeking, discussing, and considering the views of others, and, where feasible, seeking agreement with them on how
historic properties should be identified, considered, and managed." Consultation is built upon the exchange of ideas, not simply providing information.
As part of the Section 106 process, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) work with consulting parties.
Consulting parties include: the State Historic Preservation Officer (in Pennsylvania they are part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission),
Federally-recognized Indian Tribes and Nations, local governments, as well as other individuals and organizations with what the federal regulations implementing
Section 106 (found at 36 CFR Part 800) call a "demonstrated interest" in the project. Demonstrated interest may include a legal or economic relation to the undertaking or
affected properties, or concern with the undertaking’s effects on historic properties.
Consultation does not mandate a specific outcome. Rather, it is the process of seeking views on the project’s effect on historic properties and,
if adverse effects cannot be avoided how those effects should be resolved through minimization and/or mitigation.
PennDOT is required to involve the public in the Section 106 process. Individuals and organizations may submit a request to become a consulting party or may
simply participate at any point as a member of the public. PennDOT, in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), evaluates requests to participate as a
consulting party and will alert the group or individual once approved.
By participating as a consulting party on a transportation project, your input will be considered early in the design process and may affect PennDOT’s treatment of the
historic property. As a consulting party, PennDOT will actively inform you of steps in the Section 106 process and will consider your comments during the project development process.
Information in a timely manner about a project and its effects on historic properties
Participate in the Section 106 process
Formally seek consulting party status based on a demonstrated interest
Provide comment on a PennDOT/FHWA finding that a project has an effect on historic resources within 30 days of notice
Provide comment on how a project would avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to a historic resource
Attend and participate in consulting party meetings
Provide comment on the eligibility of historic resources within 30 days of notice
Concur on a memorandum of agreement
Object to a PennDOT finding within 30 days of a finding
Elevate an unresolved objection to FHWA, and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation or National Register of Historic Places, as appropriate
The Pennsylvania Archaeological Council (PAC) is a statewide organization of professional archaeologists dedicated to promoting Pennsylvania archaeology.
Some of the goals of the organization include actively promoting legislation in the best interests of archaeology in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
as well as assisting and advising state and federal agencies within the Commonwealth in matters pertaining to historic and archaeological preservation.
The Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Inc. was organized in 1929 to: promote the study of the prehistoric and historic archaeological resources of
Pennsylvania and neighboring states; encourage scientific research and discourage exploration which is unscientific or irresponsible in intent or
practice; promote the conservation of archaeological sites, artifacts, and information; encourage the establishment and maintenance of sources of
archaeological information such as museums, societies, and educational programs; promote the dissemination of archaeological knowledge by means of
publications and forums; foster the exchange of information between the professional and the vocational archaeologists.
PennDOT only collects and stores your email address and contact information for log in purposes and to send you information about Department transportation projects.
We do not sell or distribute your personal information. You can remove yourself from our list at any time. Please contact us at email@example.com to request to be removed from the mailing list.
Personal information you provide when you register is stored in a secure location and is accessible only by designated staff.
If you choose to participate as an interested individual or consulting party on a transportation project, you may be contacted by a PennDOT District Cultural Resource Professional
regarding a new online posting. Please note that copies of letters received, and consulting party response forms or emails indicating that you wish to be a consulting party,
are posted publicly on PATH unless you specifically indicate that you do not wish this information to be public.
The PATH site contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the content and privacy practices of those sites, and we recommend that you read their privacy policies for