Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 is a regulation requiring the consideration of historic preservation in federal actions. The process requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on architectural and archaeological historic properties. Because the B&P Tunnel Project is partially funded through a grant from the FRA, the project is subject to compliance with Section 106. Federal agencies must consult with the State Historic Preservation Officer and certain individuals and organizations with a demonstrated interest in the undertaking, together known as consulting parties, to seek, discuss and consider their views about how project effects on historic properties should be handled.

For the B&P Tunnel Project, the first Consulting Parties meeting was held on July 16, 2015. This meeting provided an overview of the project and alternatives under consideration, historic properties identified, and potential effects. A second Consulting Parties meeting was held on August 5, 2015, which provided updated alternatives and historic properties information, and continued the discussions from the previous meeting. A third Consulting Parties meeting on September 28, 2015 included a tour of the project area.  Alternatives updates, additional National Register of Historic Places evaluations, and potential effects on historic properties were discussed.  A fourth meeting on October 29, 2015 discussed the effects assessment, possible solutions for resolving adverse effects, and opinions on a Preferred Alternative.  Project updates, including refinements to alternatives, and potential mitigation ideas were discussed at a fifth meeting on March 23, 2016.  The views of Consulting Parties on the appropriate agreement document (Memorandum of Agreement or Programmatic Agreement) were also considered at this meeting.  At the sixth meeting on May 20, 2016, FRA provided project and Section 106 updates, and continued discussing the Programmatic Agreement. Consultation will continue with the Consulting Parties to develop and implement the Section 106 Programmatic Agreement.

May 20, 2016 Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting (#6)

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March 23, 2016 Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting (#5)

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October 29, 2015 Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting (#4)

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Historic Properties Maps

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September 28, 2015 Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting (#3)

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Historic Properties Maps

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August 5, 2015 Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting (#2)

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July 16th, 2015 Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting

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Historic Properties Maps

Alternative Impacts Maps

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