Cultural Resources

Cultural Resources can be defined as elements of the environment that have cultural value to a group of people and may include the physical traces of past human activity, built resources, or natural landscapes or features. These resources may be listed, or found eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and/or the California Register of Historical Resources (CRHR). The NRHP was established in 1966 and serves as the nation’s official list of properties recognized for their importance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture. Similarly, the CRHR is California’s authoritative guide to historical and archaeological resources that are considered significant within the context of the state. For more information about cultural resources please click on the tabs at the top of the page.

The Authority complies with federal laws for transportation projects with federal funding. This process is commonly known as “Section 106” of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The Authority must also comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) of 1970. Significant non-archaeological resources are also subject to Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966.

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