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Cultural Resources Investigations for the Cattle Pass Bridge Realignment

The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) was required to alleviate a dangerous curve in Route 51, but needed to avoid impacts to potentially significant archaeological and historical resources during project design and construction.

Client

West Virginia Division of Highways

Project Location

Berkeley County, WV

Project Challenges:

The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) was required to alleviate a dangerous curve in Route 51 in Berkeley County to increase public safety. A major challenge was to avoid impacts to potentially significant archaeological and historical resources during project design and construction.

WVDOH retained TRC to conduct an archaeological sensitivity assessment of the proposed project area, which was adjacent to the Mill Creek Historic District. TRC completed several tasks to identify, evaluate, and mitigate impacts to cultural resources within the construction area.

  • TRC identified two archaeological sites in the proposed right-of-way. One historic period site (the Sherrard Site, 46BY229) was determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Archaeological and historical research revealed that the site was occupied by 19th century mill owners. The excavations uncovered two foundations and several thousand historic artifacts, including both utilitarian and decorative items as well as abundant food remains. As a result, the site was found to be a contributing resource to the Mill Creek Historic District.
  • To mitigate the effects of construction on this resource, TRC conducted intensive site excavations and produced a detailed technical report on the historical and archaeological investigations.
  • For public outreach, TRC developed an exhibit displayed at the Berkeley County Public Library.

Client Benefits:

  • WVDOH was able to redesign a dangerous segment of Route 51 for the benefit of public safety while mitigating adverse effects to significant cultural resources.
  • The exhibit will become a permanent display at the Berkeley County Historical Society for the benefit of the public.

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