Social & Cultural Office, Historic Preservation Section
James K. Polk Building, Suite 900
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0334
Martha Carver, Historic Preservation Program Manager
As part of the public participation process, TDOT historians provide local government officials, property owners, and local historic groups with copies of Section 106 reports.
Projects that are federally funded, licensed, or permitted require TDOT to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. The National Historic Preservation Act was passed largely in response to massive urban renewal projects and the construction of the interstate highway system in the 1950s and 1960s.
In order to comply with Section 106, TDOT historians assess the effects that projects have on historic properties. In addition, the law requires that the agency provides the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) with the opportunity to review and comment on actions and encourages agencies to consider measures that preserve historic resources that may be affected by the project. For more information on Section 106, see www.achp.gov.
When effects cannot be avoided, TDOT implements measures to minimize or mitigate those impacts. TDOT works with the Tennessee State Historic Preservation Office and interested parties to determine the best way to minimize and mitigate adverse effects.
This mitigation plan shifted the road away from the historic property, built a berm between the property and the road,
and included a landscaping plan on top of the berm. In addition to shielding the house from the roadway, it might
reduce development pressure that sometimes accompanies a new road.