Cultural resources

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Washington State has a rich and diverse cultural heritage dating back thousands of years. The Cultural Resources program works with federal and state agencies, tribal governments, the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer, and other interested parties to balance the state’s transportation needs with protecting and preserving its cultural resources.

Cultural resources may include archaeological sites, historic buildings, roads and bridges, and places on the landscape of historical significance. We must identify and consider the effects of our projects on these non-renewable resources.

If you would like more information about how WSDOT works with tribes, visit our Tribal Liaison webpage.

History, archaeology and culture

Videos, project webpages, information centers, and publications that demonstrate the results of creative mitigation and notable historical resources describing the history of Washington’s Transportation system.

Our policies and procedures describe how we comply with regulatory requirements during planning and project construction, provide standard practices, and link to guidance documents.

Regional cultural resources specialists are available help you with projects

The Cultural Resources program offers customized cultural resources training (CRT) for transportation professionals. Find more information about customized training for your specific region, division, or mode on our training page.