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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
May 22, 2014
Contacts:
Kevin Nyhan, Administrator
Bureau of Environment
(603) 271-3226
Bill Boynton
Public Information Office
(603) 271-6495
Environmental Streamlining Draft Agreement
The NHDOT will hold a public meeting on June 4, 2014 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm in Conference Room 114 of the DOT headquarters at 7 Hazen Drive in Concord to receive public comment on a "Draft Section 106 Programmatic Agreement."

The Department of Transportation (DOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the NH Division of Historical Resources, announces the development of a draft Section 106 Programmatic Agreement (PA) for certain Federal-aid transportation projects in New Hampshire. The DOT invites public input on the PA, in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 16 USC 470f, and its implementing regulations at 36 CFR Part 800, Protection of Historic and Cultural Properties. The draft PA, and guidance materials may be found on the DOT Bureau of Environment website at: http://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/environment/units/program-management/cultural.htm under the heading "Draft Section 106 Programmatic Agreement."

Developed as part of the environmental streamlining provisions in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the most recent federal transportation bill reauthorization, the PA streamlines the Section 106 process by promoting consistency and transparency of project development and review practices and requirements, and by encouraging understanding among project sponsors of the goals of Section 106 and the benefits of incorporating those goals early in a project's design. A wide range of transportation undertakings ("projects") typically do not impact or affect historical resources. The PA streamlines the Section 106 review of these types of projects by enabling NHDOT to conduct individual historical resource reviews, thereby removing FHWA and the SHPO from project-by-project evaluation activities.

The DOT will be holding a Public Informational Meeting on Wednesday, June 4th from 2:30-4:00 pm in Lobby Conference Room 114 of the DOT headquarters at 7 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301. Public comment on the draft PA will be accepted until the close of business on Wednesday, June 18th. Please submit your written comments to Kevin Nyhan, Bureau of Environment Administrator, NH Department of Transportation, 7 Hazen Drive, PO Box 483, Concord, NH 03302-0483, or via email to bureau16@dot.state.nh.us.






New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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