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  • Archeological and Architectural History Investigations, CSX Bridge BA172.3 over the North Branch of the Potomac River
  • Archeological and Architectural History Investigations, CSX Bridge BA172.3 over the North Branch of the Potomac River
  • Archeological and Architectural History Investigations, CSX Bridge BA172.3 over the North Branch of the Potomac River

Archeological and Architectural History Investigations, CSX Bridge BA172.3 over the North Branch of the Potomac River

Straughan Environmental, Inc. led cultural resource coordination and documentation efforts for the replacement of the historic CSX railroad bridge that crosses the North Branch of the Potomac River south of Cumberland, MD. The project required coordination under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act with stakeholders and government agencies in Maryland and West Virginia, including the National Park Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Maryland and West Virginia State Historic Preservation Offices.

Cultural resource identification and evaluation efforts included conducting archeological field investigations in Maryland and West Virginia, and completing a National Register of Historic Places evaluation of the 110-year old steel truss railroad bridge that found that the railroad bridge was eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Straughan assisted the US Army Corps of Engineers and CSX, the applicant, in obtaining stakeholder agreement in the steps taken to minimize and mitigate adverse effects to cultural resources, allowing the bridge replacement project to proceed on schedule.