Cultural resources

Cultural resources

The mission of the Wisconsin Department Transportation's (WisDOT) cultural resources team is to balance the state’s transportation needs with cultural resources stewardship. This area reviews Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and state assisted WisDOT transportation projects for potential impacts to cultural resources pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, Wisconsin state statute 44.40 Historic Preservation and Wisconsin state statute 157.70 burial sites preservation. While the FHWA has delegated Section 106 responsibilities to WisDOT, the federal agency remains ultimately responsible for the process. In addition cultural resources reviews are conducted on rails, harbors, transit, aeronautics, and other federal/state assisted programs.

This staff works with federal, state and local agencies, tribal governments, the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and other stakeholders to ensure that impacts to Wisconsin’s historic and cultural resources are considered early in the transportation planning process. Early consideration of historic and cultural resources helps preserve the state’s rich historic heritage while eliminating and reducing project delays.

If you or your firm are new to completing section 106 for WisDOT projects, please reach out to to discuss process and procedures.

FHWA/FRA/USACE/WisDOT Section 106 Delegation Programmatic Agreement (PA)

Delegation programmatic agreement 1-16-2024

Guidance Documents

FDM Chapter 26 cultural resource preservation (archaeology and history)

Frequently Asked Questions

MOA/PA Annual Report

2023 Memorandum of Agreement and Programmatic Agreement Annual Report 2-9-2024

2022 Memorandum of Agreement and Programmatic Agreement Annual Report


Refer to the Forms and tools page for factor sheets and guidance

Screening List

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) Notification Process

Federal Agency Coordination templates

State Agency Coordination templates

Additional Notifications

Architecture/History guidance and forms



Archaeological/Burial guidance and forms