Archaeology & History

Since 1974, CDOT has supported history and archaeology compliance programs, both of which are included within the framework of Cultural Resources. The Cultural Resource Program enables CDOT to meet the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966, and the Colorado State Register of Historic Places Act of 1975. These laws require that state and federal agencies take into account the effects of their projects on historic and archaeological resources. CDOT facilitates compliance with two federal laws, Section 106 and Section 4(f), on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The agency also ensures compliance with the Colorado State Register of Historic Places Act when appropriate.

The historical and archaeological investigations conducted to support regulatory compliance entail the documentation, interpretation, and preservation of cultural resources that are evaluated as significant in the context of our shared historic and prehistoric heritage. Cultural resource survey and documentation are undertaken by in-house CDOT professional staff and private consultants for all state- and federally-funded transportation construction and maintenance projects.

“History in the Making”

CDOT Cultural Resources staff are currently working from home and limiting field visits, in compliance with the statewide Safer at Home order. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming activities!


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