ODOT Cultural Resources Program
Off-Site Facility Search
Off Project Facility File Search Request Record
In accordance with 107.09, Standard Specifications for Highway Construction and laws codified in the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, and Oklahoma Statutes: Burial Desecration Law (Title 21 §1168.1 – 1168.7), Title 53 §2.1, and the Oklahoma Antiquities Law, (Title 53 §361), the Department’s Cultural Resources Program (CRP) will complete a desktop file review for contractor-selected off-site facilities that are not considered part of the FHWA undertaking. Off-project facilities are identified in 107.09 as “plant sites, borrow pits, waste areas, haul roads, storage sites, parking areas, and similar areas associated with the acquisition, production, and delivery of borrow material and related road building materials.” All file review requests are expected to include the proposed facility’s location to the nearest ¼, ¼ section (40 acres). In addition, the proposed location is expected to be on privately-owned land. The CRP file review does not constitute “approval” for the proposed facility, but a confirmation that the facility was reviewed by CRP and the location does not contain
previously documented significant cultural resources
. In accordance with 107.09, Standard Specifications for Highway Construction, the Resident Engineer is expected to examine the site prior to any earth-moving activities. This Specification also allows for some latitude for areas of
archaeological significance. If, during the file review, the location of the proposed facility is determined to be of potential archaeological significance, a field inspection of the location by staff from CRP may be warranted. Should the area of the proposed facility be under the jurisdiction of a federal agency, federal laws and regulatory requirements, such as the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act may apply. In these cases, said agency shall be contacted to ensure that their environmental review procedures are followed prior to any earth-moving activities. The CRP may not review a proposed off-site facility location if it is determined that the location is under the jurisdiction of a federal agency(1). Should the area of the proposed facility be under the jurisdiction of the State, CRP will ensure that the proposed facility is in accordance with the Statutes listed above, which may include a site visit by staff from CRP or a request on behalf of CRP to obtain an alternate location for the facility. Please note: If subsurface archaeological materials are exposed during construction, the Contractor and Resident Engineer shall notify the Department Archaeologist in accordance with Section 107.09, Standard Specifications for Highway Construction.
(1) For instance, The Department will no longer be conducting off-site facility file searches for
located in Osage County. The contractor is expected to consult with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as part of the Osage Nation Reservation Sandy Soil Mining Permit.
Contractor form for submittal to Resident Engineer
in its entirety
will provide the Resident Engineer with the information needed for an archaeological file search for off-site facility. Please download the PDF of the form
Fields marked with a
are required. If you have difficulty complete the form online, please call (405) 325-7201 for assistance.
To be completed by the ODOT Residency only. If you are a contractor, please fill out the Contractor Form above and submit it to the Residency.
Asphalt / Concrete plant
Upload Map or Figure
Max file size: 20MB
Click on the "Choose File" button to open the dialog box. Select the file containing the map you wish to submit.
A map of the proposed location is
, but is incredibly helpful in reviewing your request.
Please note: If subsurface archaeological materials are exposed during construction, the Contractor and Resident Engineer shall notify the Department Archaeologist in accordance with Section 202.04(a), Standard Specifications for Highway Construction.
Should the area of the proposed activity be under the jurisdiction of a federal agency, federal laws and regulatory requirements, such as the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act may apply.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Cultural Resources Program
111 East Chesapeake
Norman, OK 73019
Tribal Liaison: 405.521.3632 or 405.517.5670
Architectural Historian: 405.325.6989