|The following is the
text of a hand out that was distributed Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at 3 P.M. in Westfield
The purpose of this public information center is to update local residents, officials and
the business community of the results of New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)
Feasibility Study and to present plans for an initially preferred alternative. Traffic
congestion has led NJDOT to investigate measures to improve safety and traffic through-put
at the existing circle.
This meeting will provide the public, local officials and other interested individuals
with a one-on-one opportunity to review and discuss the initially preferred alternative
for improvements to the traffic circle and the intersection of North Avenue at East Broad
Street. They will also have an opportunity to discuss and ask specific questions directly
with NJDOT representatives.
This feasibility study investigated the existing conditions at and around the existing
traffic circle, leading to the development of alternative concepts for improvments to the
circle and surrounding intersections while maintaining the preference of town officials to
minimize potential impacts to the Westfield Plaza Historic District.
The construction cost of this project is estimated to be $1.5 million and will be
Federally funded. This estimate is exclusive of ROW, utility relocation and engineering
This project is currently nearing the completion of feasibility assessment. The next phase
is the desing process, Final Scope Development, is anticipated to begin in April 2000.
Completion of Final Scope Development - Winter 2001/2002
Comp[letion of Design Development - Summer 2004
Begin Construction - Fall 2004
Anticipated Completion - Summer 2005
For further information:
Thomas Johnson, Regional Manager
Office of Community Relations
1035 Parkweay Avenue
PO Box 600
Trenton, NJ 08625-0600
Consultant: Parsons Brinkerhoff-FG, Inc.; 506 Carnegie Center Blvd.; Princeton, NJ 08540;
tel. 609 734-7027; fax. 609 734-6900; James R. Yeager, P.E. - Supervising Eng.; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 requires that federal
agencies identify historic properties which may be affected by a proposed project; assess
what effect the project will have on them; consult with the New Jersey Historic
Preservation Office (NJHPO) and others on ways to make the project less harmful; obtain
comments from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; and proceed with the project
once all comments have been considered. A brief summary of this process is attached.
Because the Route 28 project will be funded with federal dollars, the New Jersey
Department of Transportation (NJDOT) must complete the first four steps as part of the
project development process. The Department has completed the identify and assess steps.
The NJDOT conducted an historic architectural survey for the Route 28 project. The results
of the investigation are as follows:
Properties Identified as Being Eligible for Listing in the National Register of Historic
Places as a Result of the Current Studies
First Methodist Church (a contributing element of the Westfield Plaza Historic District).
World War I Monument
Northside Railroad Station ( a contributing element of the Central Railroad of New Jersey
Main Line Corridor Historic District)
Westfield Plaza Historic District, (including Westfield Plaza, First Methodist Church,
World War I Monument, Central Railroad of New Jersey Main Line Corridor Historic District,
Central Railroad of New Jersey Bridge Over Westfield Avenue, and the Traffic Rotary Park)
Westfield Commercial Historic District, (including First Methodist Church, Northside
Railroad Station, and Westfield Fire Headquarters)
No archaeological resources are identified in the project's area of potential effect
As delineated in 36CFR800.5, the criteria of adverse effect shall be applied to the
proposed project to determine if any eligible resource is affected and if that effect is
adverse. This will be done following further project development.
For further information please contact:
Steven H. Hochman, Environmental Team Leader
Division of Project Management
NJ Department of Transportation
1035 Parkway Avenue P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ 08625
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1986 (NHPA) requires Federal
agencies of their undertakings on historic properties, and afford the Advisory Council on
Historic Preservation a reasonable opportunity to comment. The historic review process
mandated by Section 106 is outlined in regulations issued by the Council. These
regulations, "Protection of Historic Properties" were revised in May, 1999 and
are summarized below. They will be codified at 36 C.F.R. Part 800.
Initiate Section 106 process.
The responsible Federal Agency first determines whether it has an undertaking that could
affect historic properties, which are properties that are included in or that meet the
criteria for the National Register of Historic Places. If so. it must identify the
appropriate State Historic Preservation Office/Tribal Historic Preservation Office
(SHPO/THPO) to consult with during the process. It should also plan to involve the public,
and identify other potential consulting parties. If it determines that it has no
understanding, or that its undertaking has no potential to affect historic properties, the
agency has no funkier Section 106 obligations.
Identify historic properties.
If the agency's undertaking could affect historic properties, the agency determines the
scope of application identification efforts and then proceeds to identify historic
properties in the area of potential effects. The agency reviews background information,
consults with the SHPO/THPO and others, seeks information from knowledgeably, parties, and
conducts additional studies as necessary. Districts. sites. building. structures and
objects listed in the National Register are considered, unlisted properties are evaluated
against the National Park Service's published critena. in consultation with the SHPO/THPO
and any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization that may attach religious or cultural
importance to them.
If questions arise about the eligibility of a given property, the agency may seek a formal
determination of eligibility from the National Park Service. Section 106 review gives
equal consideration to properties that have already been included in the National Register
as well as those that meet, National Register criteria.
If the agency finds that no historic properties are present or affected, if provides
documentation to the SHPO/THPO and, berring any objection in 30 days, proceeds with its
If the Agency finds the historic properties are present, it proceeds to assess posible
Assess adverse effects.
The agency, in consultation with the SHPO/THPO, makes an assessment of adverse effects on
the identified historic properties based on criteria found in the Council's regulations.
If they agree that there will be No Adverse Effect, the agency proceeds with the
undertaking and any agreed upon conditions.
If the parties cannot agree or they find that there is an Adverse Effect, the agency
begins consultation to identify ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects.
Resolve adverse effects
The agency consults with the SHPO/THPO and others, who may include Indian tribes and
Native Hawaiian organizations, local governments, permit or license applicants, and
members of the public. The Council may participate in consultation when there are
substantial impacts to important historic properties, when a case presents important
questions of policy or interpretation. when there is a potential for procedural problems,
or when there are issues of concern to Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations.
Consultation usually results in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which outlines agreed
upon measures, or mitigate the adverse effect. In some cases, the consulting pa ties may
agree that no such measures are possible, but that the adverse effects must be accepted in
the public interest.
If an MOA is executed. the agency proceeds with its undertaking under the terms of MOA.
Failure to resolve adverse effects
If consultation proves. unproductive, the agency or the SHPO/THPO or the Council itself,
may terminate consultation. If an SHPO terminates consultation. the agency and the Council
may conclude an MOA without SHPO involvement. However, if a THPO terminates consultation
and the undertaking is on or affecting historic properties on tribal lands. the Council
must provide its comments. The agency must submit appropriate documentation to the Council
and request the Council's written comment. The agency head must take into account the
Council's written comments. The agency bend must take into account the Council's written
comments in deciding how to proceed.
Tribes, Native Hawaiian, & the public
Pubic involvement is a key ingredient. In successful Section 106 consultation and the
views of the public should be solicited and considered throughout the process.
The regulations also place major emphasis on consultation with Indian tribes and Native
Hawainan organizations, in keeping with she 1992 amendments to NHPA. Consultation with an
Indian tribe must respect tribal sovereignty and the government-togovernment relationship
between the Federal government and Indian tribes. Even if an Indian tribe has not been
certified by NPS to have a THPO that can act for the SHPO on its lands, it must be
consulted about undertaking on or affecting its lands on the same basis and in addition to