Environmental Review Toolkit

Streamlining Recommendations

Statewide Section 106 Programmatic Agreements (PAs)

Statewide Section 106 programmatic agreements (PAs) and related agreement documents are one way FHWA can improve decisionmaking and advance environmental streamlining. PAs can administratively delegate some responsibility for Section 106 to the State DOTs, provide expedited timeframes in specified situations, and/or identify activities that have little or no potential to affect historic properties. Several are listed below as examples for States who may be seeking to implement similar kinds of agreement documents, and ACHP offers Guidance on Section 106 Agreement Documents.

The Section 106 PAs in Effect by State table provides summary information about current Section 106 PAs. The following table includes links to several States’ Section 106 PAs or related agreements.


State Topic Agreement
Alabama Bridge Replacement MOA
Alaska Section 106 PA
California Section 106 PA
Iowa Section 106 MOU
Maryland Section 106 MOU
Maryland Section 106 PA
Minnesota Section 106 PA
Pennsylvania FHWA-Aid Projects PA
Texas Section 106 PA
Vermont Section 106 PA
Washington Section 106 PA

Planning and Environmental Linkages for Historic Preservation

FHWA developed a report and series of best practices focusing on historic resources to support the goals of the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiatives under Planning and Environmental Linkages. The FHWA and State and local transportation agencies are working to deliver projects more quickly and efficiently and for less cost. One way to achieve these efficiencies is to streamline compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA. The streamlining practices identified in the Planning and Environmental Linkages for Historic Preservation Report (PDF) and detailed in the case studies (below) also improve stewardship through early consideration of historic preservation factors in planning and project development.

Planning and Environmental Linkages for Historic Preservation Case Studies

Agency Case Study
Programmatic Agreements
Colorado Department of Transportation (DOT) I-70 Mountain Corridor Project Programmatic Agreement
North Dakota DOT Tribal Consultation Programmatic Agreement
Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Section 106 Delegation Programmatic Agreements
Staff Liaison Programs
California DOT (Caltrans) State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Staff Liaison Program
Ohio DOT (ODOT) SHPO Liaison Program
New Mexico DOT (NMDOT) Tribal Liaison Program
Archaeological Predictive Modeling
Minnesota DOT (MnDOT) MnModel - Archaeological Site Predictive Model
North Carolina DOT (NCDOT) Archaeological Predictive Model/GIS
Historic Bridges Management Program
Indiana DOT (INDOT) Historic Bridges Management Program
Ohio DOT (ODOT) Buckeye Assets Web Site
Rights-of-Way Databases/Portals
Arizona DOT (ADOT) Historic Preservation Team (HPT) Portal
California DOT (Caltrans) Cultural Resources Right-of-Way Database
Internal Project Development Database
Virginia DOT (VDOT) Comprehensive Environmental Data and Reporting System (CEDAR)
On-Line Section 106 Consulting Parties Identification and Communication Tool
Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT) ProjectPATH (Project for Pennsylvania Transportation and Heritage)
Digital Screening Tool and Decision-Making Process
Colorado DOT (CDOT) Planning and Environmental Linkage Program
Florida DOT (FDOT) Efficient Transportation Decision-Making (ETDM) Process
Local Government Databases and Transportation Planning Tools
Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) of Texas Long-Range Regional Plan