WSDOT cultural resource specialists help the agency comply with state and federal cultural resource laws that apply to:
- historic structures
- culturally important areas
Transportation Projects and Archaeological/Historic Resources Management
Washington State has a rich and diverse prehistory/ history that have left evidence across the landscape. When WSDOT embarks on a project, federal and state laws require that impacts to archaeological, historical and cultural resources be considered. To assess potential impacts, cultural resource specialists:
- Coordinate with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) to complete transportation projects with limited impacts to archaeological and historic resources.
- Identify archaeological remains and historic structures eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places located within a project's area of disturbance.
- Consult with the State Historic Preservation Officer (DAHP), Native American Tribes, and the public concerning the appropriate treatment of archaeological and historic resources that cannot be otherwise avoided.
For more information on how WSDOT complies with historic preservation laws, regulations, and polices, visit the Cultural Resources Compliance page.
Creative Mitigation Efforts
It is WSDOT policy to avoid adverse effects, where practical, to historical, archaeological, and cultural resources in planning, constructing, operating or maintaining the state's transportation system. If it is not practical to avoid them, such effects will be mitigated. A sample of creative mitigation options developed for various WSDOT projects are provided below:
Gee Creek Archaeological Site- I-5/ SR 502 Project
|Lacey V. Murrow ("The Skipper") held the position of Director of the Washington State Department of Highways (1933- 1940) and Chief Engineer of the Washington Toll Bridge Authority (1937-1940). Appointed at age 28, Murrow is the youngest person to ever hold the Director's position. Notable projects include: |
This documentary outlines the life and career achievements of one of our state's most influential figures in transportation history.
- Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge (Galloping Gertie)
- Deception Pass Bridge
- Lake Washington Floating Bridge, the first concrete pontoon floating bridge in the world built on Lake Washington (later dedicated as the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge).
Remembering The Ebey Slough Swing Bridge, SR 529 (wmv file)
The Simpson Avenue Bridge: A Case Study in Maintenance Success, US 101 (wmv file)
They Called Him 'The Skipper'; The Life and Times of Washington's Lacey V. Murrow (wmv file)
The Manette Bridge: Bringing People Together for 81 Years, 1930-2011, SR 303 (wmv file)
- pod casts
- archival photo documentation
- lesson plans (grade K-12)
- historical essays for journal publications and cyberpedias
I-5 Nuclear Fallout Shelter- "Waiting for the the End of the World: Prototype Fallout Shelter Under Interstate 5 in North Seattle" by Craig Holstine, WSDOT Historian, appearing in the Journal of Northwest Anthropology
- information centers for the public
SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Project- Bridge History
Hood Canal Bridge - Port Angeles Graving Dock
Gee Creek Archaeological Site- I-5/ SR 502 Project
Washington State Historic Bridges
McMillin Bridge, 1934
A National Register Listed Historic Bridge of significant and rare architectural style.
Visit the WSDOT Historic Bridges site to view highlights of Washington's most significant Transportation structures.
Pacific Northwest Ethnobotany
The Ethnobotany and Cultural Resources List identifies plants found along the highway Right-of-Way in Western Washington of traditional cultural significance and use.
Cultural Resources Training (CRT)
Each spring, WSDOT partners with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to offer a multi-day Cultural Resources Training (CRT) at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.
CRT promotes awareness, preservation and stewardship of Washington’s cultural resources and is the only comprehensive training of this kind in the state. Enrollment is open to anyone with a need or desire to learn about cultural resources, cultural resource management laws and regulations, and the importance of preservation.
||Training participants will explore historic and archaeological sites in the Kittitas Valley and Columbia River Gorge.|
|Historic Homestead Cabin at Olmstead Place State Park in Kittitas County.
Using classroom and field exercises, participants work with some of the region's most qualified instructors to learn the skills necessary to address cultural resource management issues. This award-winning training is held only once a year and space is limited. 2014 Cultural Resources Training
When: Spring 2014
Where: Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
- Check back for information on Registration for Spring 2014.WSDOT
staff interested in attending may contact Erin Littauer, Cultural Resource Specialist at 360.570.2448 or email@example.com
to register. For general registration
(non-WSDOT): Please contact Russell Holter, Preservation Design Reviewer with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have attended CRT in the past and it has been over 5 years, you are encouraged to enroll again this year as cultural resource laws and regulations have changed. Please note, preference for enrollment will be given to new attendees.
Cultural Resources Program
Contact the Cultural Resources Program Manager or refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.
Specific Project or Region Activity
Contact that region's or program's Cultural Resource Specialist (CRS) (pdf 51 kb).
Native American Tribes
Contact the WSDOT Tribal Liaison Office site.