Section 106 Review Process
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 requires federal agencies or agencies using federal funding to assess the effects that federally funded projects have on historic properties and archaeological resources. MnDOT’s Cultural Resources Unit (CRU) is leading the Section 106 review process for Rethinking I-94.
MnDOT is evaluating historic properties for Rethinking I-94 and anticipates the work to be completed in spring 2023. Evaluation of historic properties includes:
- Initiating consulting parties
- Public outreach and engagement
- Research design and literature search
- Review of historic context
- Deciding if properties near the project meet the requirements for the National Register of Historic Places
- Development of preliminary areas of potential effect
A communications and engagement plan has been prepared to ensure that opportunities for community engagement are inclusive, effective, and transparent. The plan outlines strategies for involving consulting parties and engaging communities along the corridor to evaluate historic properties. The plan also provides an overview of the project schedule, key stakeholders, engagement phases, and activities. View the communications and engagement plan.
We are in the early stages of the Section 106 review process, and the team is currently developing a historic context, engaging with interested parties, and identifying historic properties. We welcome your involvement in this process.
- If you have information on historic properties or would like additional information on the Section 106 process for the Rethinking I-94 Project, contact Stephanie Atwood Hatzenbuhler or visit the MnDOT CRU website.
Stephanie Atwood Hatzenbuhler
As part of the Section 106 Review Process for Rethinking I-94, an evaluation of archaeological resources will be conducted including a literature review and a survey. These tasks are anticipated to be conducted in 2021 and 2022. MnDOT CRU sent a request for information about archaeological resources, burial sites, and traditional cultural properties to Tribal Nations, the Office of the State Archaeologist and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council in April 2021.