MoDOT seeking help from public for historic preservation

Published: Dec. 16, 2016 at 8:17 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 18, 2016 at 5:59 PM CST
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MISSOURI (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Transportation is developing a programmatic agreement for common concrete and steel bridges constructed before 1945 in order to streamline the review process for bridges and is asking for your help.

Section 106, the review process, is part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1906 and calls for agencies to be mindful of any historic properties that they may affect with their projects. MoDOT is hoping the public can help them identify these bridges that are associated with historical people or events of any importance to communities.

Those interested can visit their website to get more info on bridges they are studying including photos, engineering information, age of the bridge, etc. There is also a comment section where anyone can identify a bridge and give reasons as to why it is historically important to the area.

The window of opportunity for the public to submit suggestions is now through February 15, 2017. The bridges identified will be studied and possibly considered eligible to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The website will post the results when the studies are over. Eligible bridges that could be removed by future projects may also be given preservation options.

This agreement will include more than 700 common concrete slab and beam bridges, steel girder bridges and 850 culverts.

For more information on the PRE-1945 Common Bridge Programmatic Agreement, please contact Karen Daniels, Senior Historic Specialist at or by telephone at 573-526-7346

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