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Below are tools to assist local governments, consultants and TxDOT staff in meeting environmental compliance obligations regarding historic properties. The tools address the requirements of the Antiquities Code of Texas and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Questions? Contact the supervisor of the Historical Studies Branch at (512) 416-2628.

Title Date Description Format
TxDOT Historic Resources Handbook
04/14 Outlines the steps to conduct TxDOT review of nonarcheological historic properties in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the Antiquities Code of Texas (ACT).
Project Coordination Request for Historic Studies 12/13 Depicts TxDOT's process for the development, review and approval of environmental documentation and review documents as described in 43 TAC 2.41.

Agreements

Title Date Description Format
Section 106 Programmatic Agreement 12/05 First amended programmatic agreement with FHWA, TxDOT, Texas State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) regarding the implementation of transportation undertakings (PA-TU).
Antiquities Code of Texas (ACT) Memorandum of Understanding
02/13 Memorandum of understanding (MOU) between TxDOT and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) regarding compliance with the ACT.

Guidance Documents

Title Date Description Format
Adobe in Texas
2008 A practitioner’s guide to surveying and evaluating National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility of historic adobe resources in Texas.
Agricultural Processing in Texas 2010 A practitioner's guide to surveying and evaluating NRHP eligibility of historic agricultural processing properties in Texas.
Agricultural Theme Study for Central Texas 2013 This thematic study provides guidelines for identifying, documenting, and evaluating the NRHP eligibility of agricultural properties within Central Texas.
The Development of an Agricultural Landscape on a Portion of the US 277 Corridor 2003 Describes the history of agriculture, transportation and community development of the architectural resources along of US 277 Wichita Falls to Abilene. The document includes a case study of the cotton industry in Haskell.
A Field Guide to Gas Stations in Texas 2003 A practitioner’s guide to surveying and evaluating NRHP eligibility of historic gas stations in Texas.
A Field Guide to Industrial Properties in Texas 2003 A practitioner’s guide to surveying and evaluating NRHP eligibility of historic industrial properties in Texas.
A Field Guide to Irrigation in the Lower Rio Grande Valley 2009 A practitioner’s guide to surveying and evaluating NRHP eligibility of historic irrigation resources in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. 
A Guide to the Research and Documentation of Historic Bridges in Texas 2004 A practitioner’s guide to researching and documenting historic bridges in Texas.
Guidelines for Assessing the NRHP Eligibility of Commercial Historic Districts in Crossroads Communities in Northwest-Central Texas 2011 A practitioner’s guide for evaluating the NRHP eligibility of historic downtowns in crossroads communities in an area roughly described as northwest-central Texas.
Historic Motels in Texas from the 1950s to the 1970: An Annotated Guide to Selected Studies 2011 A practitioner’s guide to surveying and evaluating NRHP eligibility of historic motor courts and motels in Texas.
Historic Ranch Study and Preliminary NRHP-Eligibility Assessments within the New Location Corridor of the Proposed I-69 in South Texas 2007 Field guide prepared for TxDOT for the proposed construction of a segment of Interstate 69 through South Texas. TxDOT undertook this study to identify and analyze historic ranches within the proposed new corridor.
Texas General Aviation 2008 A practitioner’s guide to surveying and evaluating the NRHP eligibility of historic general aviation facilities and resources in Texas.

Survey Standards

Title Date Description Format
Research Design Reports Review Standard 03/14 Used by TxDOT to determine if a research design is sufficient for the identification and evaluation of historic properties identified in the area of potential effects.
Windshield Survey Reports Review Standard 03/14 Used by TxDOT to determine if the results of a windshield survey are sufficient to conclude that no historic properties are present and or that project activities would have no potential to effect historic properties.
Reconnaissance Survey Reports Review Checklist for District-Wide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Projects Review Standard 03/14 Used by TxDOT to determine if a reconnaissance survey report is sufficiently complete for District-wide Americans with Disabilities act (ADA) projects. TxDOT historians use this standard to determine whether surveyed properties are NRHP eligible and, as necessary, carryout effects determinations.
Reconnaissance Survey Reports Review Standard 03/14 Used by TxDOT to determine if a reconnaissance survey report is sufficiently complete and whether surveyed properties are NRHP-eligible or to if an intensive survey is warranted.
Intensive Survey Reports Review Standard 03/14 Used by TxDOT to determine if an intensive survey report is sufficiently complete and whether surveyed properties are NRHP-eligible.

Historic Bridges

Title Date Description Format
Historic Bridge Programmatic Section 4(f) Guidelines/SOU 2009 Field guide to assist practitioners in preparing a Section 4(f) evaluation for a project affecting an historic bridge. It provides recommendations on gathering technical and engineering information for establishing a project’s purpose and need and sufficient justification for the alternatives considered and measures to minimize harm.

Additional Resources

Title Date Description Format
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO): Historic Preservation/Cultural Resources   This practitioner’s handbook provides brief summaries of historic preservation issues and programs applicable to the transportation community.
FHWA Historical and Archeological Preservation   A list of legislation, regulation, policy and guidance made available in the FHWA Environmental Review Toolkit.
Texas Historic Sites Atlas   A resource for the identification of Official Texas Historical Markers and the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) properties in Texas.

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