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Under a cooperative agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) staff provides technical assistance, conducts site visits, and reviews projects to ensure compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, which applies to all federally funded, assisted or licensed undertakings. All projects are handled through the GDOT Office of Environmental Services.

Transportation Enhancement Projects

The Transportation Enhancement (TE) program, which is funding by the Federal Highway Administration, through GDOT, was originally established in 1991 by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), reauthorized in 1998 as the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and in 2005 as Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The goal of this program is to enrich the traveling public's experience through enhancements to our nation's transportation system. TE funds directly impact historic preservation by providing funding to:

  • Develop cultural resource plans for archaeology and historic preservation
  • Revitalize historic downtown commercial districts
  • Preserve historic roadways and railroad corridors
  • Rehabilitate transportation facilities for public adaptive use, such as museums.

TE funds from the Federal Highway Administration reimburse sponsors up to 80 percent of a project's total cost, with at least a 20 percent match provided by the project sponsor. Individual projects can receive a maximum of $1 million. GDOT’s Office of Program Delivery manages the TE program in Georgia.

To submit a project, you will need to submit your completed Section 106 Worksheet or TE/CMAQ Projects to:

Mark Lawing, Program Manager
Moreland Altobelli Associates, Inc.
2450 Commerce Avenue, Suite 100
Duluth, Georgia 30096-8910
(770) 263-5945 ext. 200

All hard-copy submissions should be sent to the attention of Jeanne Kerney at the address above. All email submissions should be sent to with the County, PI No., and document type indicated in the subject line.

External links
SAFETEA-LU guidelines
Historic Preservation Programs of GDOT (New Georgia Encyclopedia)
Georgia Historic Downtown Streetscape Guidelines
Better Streets, Better Cities




  • The I-285 Top End Express Lanes is one of the MMIP projects to improve mobility along the northern portion of I-285 in metro Atlanta, one of the most heavily traveled and congested interstate highways in America. The proposed project would construct new, barrier-separated express lanes in both directions on I-285 from just south of Paces Ferry Road in Cobb County to Henderson Road in DeKalb County, and along SR 400 from the Glenridge Connector to the North Springs MARTA Station. The proposed express lanes would improve mobility and travel-time reliability along the Top End for drivers and improve connections between regional destinations through express lanes that integrate with the greater metro Atlanta express lanes network.  

    The I-285 Top End Express Lanes will be constructed in two smaller packages to phase construction for improved maintenance of traffic during construction.

    After hosting several successful Public Information Open Houses (PIOH) early in 2020, the I-285 Top End Express Lanes Project continues to move toward its next milestones in 2021. The team has been working through the design and environmental documentation stages of project development throughout 2020 under “One Federal Decision” (OFD). A 2017 executive order set the policy requiring federal agencies to process environmental reviews and authorization decisions, prescribed by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for “major infrastructure projects” as one decision.

    For the I-285 Top End Express Lanes Project, this means identifying and describing a preferred alternative in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This will feature comparative information about the layout, features, and impacts of the alternatives considered, as well as analyses of a broad range of resources, including wetlands, waterways, threatened and endangered species, community resources, historic resources, socioeconomic impacts to adjoining properties/communities, transportation impacts, etc. Field surveys have been underway since earlier this year to capture these details. The draft EIS is expected to be published in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021 and will be made available for a 45-day public comment/review period.

    Public Hearing Open House (PHOH) meetings are also being planned and are currently anticipated for Q2 2021. Attendees can learn more about the project and provide their feedback. The draft EIS will also be available for review during the PHOHs.

    For more information on the project, please visit
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