Identifying and protecting historic roadside properties
There are many steps involved in protecting and preserving MnDOT Historic Roadside Properties (HRP). Most of these steps require use of the Secretary of Interior (SOI) Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties including inclusion of SOI qualified professionals. Work is led by the Historic Roadside Property Program Manager.
Identification; Is it a MnDOT Property, who and when was it built? This information is gathered by the HRP program manager and sent to the Cultural Resource Unit for evaluation.
Evaluation; Does it fit in an existing Historic Context? Is it significant enough to be Eligible for the National Register? This is written by a SOI qualified historian.
Treatment Plan; Written by an historic architect, this document details needs for repair, estimated costs and priorities for preservation.
Project Design; Designs and specifications for construction are completed by the design team, led by an historic architect, following SOI Standards.
Construction; Completed by qualified contractors, often using the “Best Value” letting process, supervised by the design team.
Maintenance Plan; written by the design team, including the restored condition and ongoing inspection and regular maintenance goals.
Properties are also regularly assessed for condition and after reports of damage are received.
Projects are ranked annually on a 10 year prioritization plan approximately using project selection criteria developed by the HRP Program Manager and are incorporated into the MnDOT State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) for funding authorization.