Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Bridgeport approves pair of project cultural resource surveys

Required for new ground excavation

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BRIDGEPORT – There is a state requirement that any project a city undertakes that involves new ground excavation must first be reviewed by the Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) and Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs (GOIA) to qualify for certain grants or loans. No survey, no funding.

Bridgeport is currently involved in two such:

• Tree Sculpture Sidewalk and Parking Lot Project

• Berryman Park Project

Both are being funded with the help of grant monies. Berryman Park will involve an estimated $750,000 upgrade with funding the city hopes to secure from the state Recreation and Conservation Office. The Tree Sculpture Project has received Rural Development Block Grant funds for parking and sidewalk development. Both projects are included in the city’s Community Revitalization Plan for the SR-173 Corridor adopted two years ago on Jan, 21, 2021.

The surveys are done to identify any cultural resources that could be affected by the projects, to assess the effects of remedial action, and to minimize or mitigate any adverse effects on historic properties and cultural resources.

In compliance with Executive order 21-02, Archeological and Cultural Resources signed on April 7, 2021, city council members approved the following at their January meeting:

• A project price proposal with Plateau Architectural Investigations, LLC, in the amount of $3,735 for a cultural resource survey for the Tree Sculpture and Sidewalk Project;

• A project price proposal with Plateau Architectural Investigations, LLC, in the amount of $5,535 for a cultural resource survey for the Berryman Park Project.

Plateau Architectural Investigations, LLC is located in Pullman.

“The thing is, if you don’t get it,” said Mayor Janet Conklin of the survey, “You can’t put it in.”


 

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