I am an archaeologist on the cultural resources staff within the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation, and we work closely with the engineers to try to solve problems as a team. We rely heavily on each other. Because our department is not a DOT, we may not run into some of the problems arising in states that have DOTs. Not all roads in Texas are part of the state system. The department is not a preservation agency, but it does deal with cultural resources on a daily basis. Texas has a long transportation history. Many of our highways follow the early trails of settlers and cattle drives. Conflicts occur between the need to supply fast, safe and efficient means of transportation and the preservation of existing transportation facilities and structures that have historical and cultural significance. Because conflicts in Texas have been rather infrequent, I can only speak in general theoretical terms. One thing is clear, though, that answers must be unique for each case. /Author/

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  • Accession Number: 00194747
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM