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Hartgen has been involved with many projects related to transportation systems, including highway realignments, bridge replacements, scenic highways, intermodal transportation paths, linear corridors, and thruway projects. We have been selected under blanket contracts to provide cultural resource management services to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT). We have extensive experience with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and state historic preservation law in New York (Section 14.09) and Vermont (Act 250).

As a subcontractor to the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Cultural Resource Survey Program since 1995, Hartgen has been responsible for conducting Phase I and Phase II cultural resource studies and architectural surveys of NYSDOT road and/or bridge reconstruction projects. Hartgen has successfully managed dozens of projects for Regions 1-2, 7-10. These surveys have included background research such as site file searches, historic map review, development of precontact and historic contexts, architectural surveys and archeological field reconnaissance. The surveys resulted in the identification of precontact and historic sites and historic structures and included completion of bridge inventory, structure, and site forms for OPRHP files.

In addition to being a subcontractor to the NYSED on NYSDOT projects, Hartgen has worked with Prime Consultants on General Design Contracts that require environmental and cultural resource evaluations. Hartgen is familiar with NYSDOT procurement practices and the corresponding forms and billing procedures. Hartgen is listed in NYSDOT Consultant Selection System (CSS Web).

Route 22, Wadhams Mills, Town of Westport, Essex County, New York (PIN 1130.69.101, BIN 1-101720-0). Hartgen conducted a Phase IA literature review and archeological sensitivity assessment, along with an architectural evaluation of a historic bridge and surrounding buildings in Wadhams Mills. In all, 12 separate archeological sites were identified during the survey which constituted a larger “archeological district.” The sites included numerous mill remains that were incorporated into the existing bridge support system and immediately next to it. These sites were studied and documented as part of the project. In addition, an architectural district was documented during the project, consisting of 16 structures in the project area including the bridge.

NYSDOT Route 23, Grand Gorge-Greene County Line, Town of Roxbury, Delaware County, New York (PIN 9028.03). Hartgen undertook a cultural resource survey in advance of a road rehabilitation project along over 3.5 miles of NY Route 23. The survey was conducted in compliance with Section 106 because the project utilized funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The survey included an building survey of over 130 structures along the highway. In addition, archeological testing was conducted along the side of the road. In all, three precontact archeological sites were located and five historic sites. Also Building Structure Inventory (BSI) forms were completed for 23 properties determined to be eligible for the National Register.

Fort Drum Connector Road, Towns of Leray and Pamelia, Jefferson County, New York (PIN 7804.26). Hartgen managed the cultural resource surveys for the proposed connector road project to comply with Section 106 as the project is funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Hartgen completed a Phase IA literature review and sensitivity assessment of a 60 square-mile study area, which included a building survey of the nearly 200 standing structures in the study area for potential National Register eligibility. An extensive Phase IB study was undertaken to sample five proposed alternatives within the study area. In all, over 7,000 shovel tests were excavated and 14 new, archeological sites identified. A Phase II site evaluation of the West Creek Precontact Site was undertaken because it was likely to be impacted by all of the proposed build alternatives. Currently, Hartgen is assisting the region and the Prime Consultant, Lochner Engineering, with Section 4(f) determinations and the completion of the Environmental Impact Study (EIS). The Fort Drum Connector Road project highlights Hartgen’s ability to mange the cultural resource surveys of large, complex road construction projects and our success in coordinating with various state and federal agencies, local governments, and the public at large, to advance the project forward.

Proposed Cross Harbor Freight Improvement Project, Staten Island, Richmond County, New York. Hartgen conducted an archeological sensitivity assessment for the Staten Island portion of the Cross Harbor Freight Improvement Project. The Phase IA was prepared as part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed improvements to rail freight operations across Upper New York Harbor between New Jersey and New York. The New York City Economic Development Corporation was the project sponsor and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Railroad Administration were co-lead agencies. Recommendations concerning archeological investigations were made based on proposed construction plans.

Bruckner-Sheridan Interchange Reconstruction, Bronx County, New York (PIN X730.39.125). Hartgen was retained to conduct a Phase IA literature review and archeological sensitivity assessment for the proposed reconstruction of the Bruckner-Sheridan Interchange of the Bronx River Parkway. The study is being conducted in compliance with the Landmarks Law of 1965 and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The project involves the reconstruction of the entire Bruckner-Sheridan Interchange including a new six-lane, high level Bronx River crossing to carry the Bruckner Expressway. Several project alternatives are still being considered.