Committee on

Historic and Archaeological Preservation

in Transportation


Let's get Ready for Richmond (or Known Locally as “The RVA”)


July 14-17, 2019 - Richmond, Virginia
















In a few short months, ADC50 will hold its mid-year meeting in Richmond, Virginia, from July 14–17. There is NO registration fee. That’s right. The meeting is free to attend. You just have to get yourself there. The committee business meeting will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, July 14 followed by presentation sessions and tours July 15–17.


In addition to having presentations and updates from FHWA, FRA, FTA, and ACHP, we’ll learn a bit about Richmond’s and Virginia’s preservation successes and challenges, including a tour of the remarkable wealth of local and nationally-recognized historic properties … including the buildings where the meeting will be held!


The committee also identified several other areas of interest that constitute a preliminary program. Let us know by March 31 if you want to present on any of these topics:


  • Emergency/disaster recovery. Following a workshop held at the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 2019 Annual Meeting, the committee will continue discussions on ways DOTs and other agencies tackle emergency projects and disaster recovery, from pre-disaster planning, historic properties and recovery, project documentation, to public involvement.

  • Creative Mitigation. Do you have ideas on how to produce meaningful mitigation? Do you know of creative outcomes generated from public interest?

  • Rail and Linear Resources. We’ll take a closer look at the particular challenges of rail and other linear resources, including a high profile local example with significant historic property involvement.

  • Historic Bridge Rehabilitation. TRB’s 2019 Annual Meeting this year had a great session on how much is too much for “rehabilitation” (and when does the work get to the level of adverse effect?). This session will continue that conversation, including participation from the engineering community.

  • Historic Bridge Session, Part 2. Following on the theme from the earlier session, we’ll talk about similar issues but for concrete bridges and the unique challenges they present engineers.

  • Digital Environmental Systems Demonstrations (VA, PA, TX). In this session, we’ll get an overview of environmental file and work flow management systems. If you think your state’s is a good model for others, please let us know.

  • Historic Memory, Commemoration and Transportation (monuments, statues, etc.). Many states and communities are grappling with how to manage commemorative objects (or landscapes). Some of these are controversial. Some just need relocation or repair because they were placed along highways that are wider and busier than they once were. We’ll consider some high-profile local issues as well as Virginia’s statewide surveys of roadside monuments.

  • Design-Build Best Practices and Historic Properties. Design-Build and Public-Private Partnerships (P-3) projects bring unique challenges, and the upcoming NCHRP 25-25, Task 109 report (to be released this spring) will shed some light on how to manage them effectively. Do you have examples from your work you’d like to share?

  • Unusual Resources, Urban Sidewalk Vaults, etc. Do you have any unusual resources you’d like to bring to the group for discussion, commiseration, or exploration?

  • NCHRP 25-25 Presentations. A number of NCHRP 25-25 Tasks were recently completed, including research on Programmatic Agreements, noise and historic properties, and successful practices on design-build and P-3 projects. These tasks will be presented along with a forum to define future research needs.


As always, the ADC50 mid-year meeting is a great opportunity to talk about the challenges you face in your work and how your teams might have succeeded in ways that others can appreciate. We will have registration information to you in a couple weeks along with hotel information, but save the date and start getting your travel permissions if you can, and be sure to spread the word with others in cultural resource management but also with engineers and project planners who might add to the conversation.


Looking forward to seeing you in the RVA this July! Please direct any questions or suggestions to Linda Henderson, Mary Alfson Tinsman, or your local host, Tony Opperman.




Patrick Henry Building

1111 E. Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23219




The following hotels are within walking distance of the ADC50 meeting site at the Patrick Henry Building, though distances vary.


  • The closest hotels are listed first, with those slighty more distant towards the second half of the list.
  • Most hotels in downtown Richmond offer government rate rooms as available.
  • Make reservations as early as possible if you are a government employee.
  • There is no official “conference hotel” nor are there any room blocks in accordance with TRB rules.
  • All lodging arrangements are on your own.


The Commonwealth

901 Bank Street 23219

Note: Hotel faces Capitol Square, closest to meeting site.


Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Downtown

1320 East Cary Street 23219

Note: Opened about 2 years ago.


Omni Richmond

100 South 12th Street 23219

Note: 2015 ADC50 Mid-Year Meeting venue, moderate uphill walk.


The Berkeley Hotel

1200 East Cary Street 23219

Note: Moderate uphill walk.


Hilton Richmond Downtown

501 East Broad Street 23219

Note: Occupies the historic Miller and Rhoads Department Store.


Richmond Marriott

500 East Broad Street 23219


Hampton Inn Richmond Downtown

700 East Main Street, Suite A 23219

Note: Opened about 2 years ago, moderate uphill walk.


Homewood Suites by Hilton

700 East Main Street Suite B 23219

Note: Opened about 2 years ago, moderate uphill walk.


Delta by Marriott Richmond Downtown

555 East Canal Street 23219

Note: moderate uphill walk.



This page is maintained by the ADC50 committee and is not endorsed by TRB. Last updated March 2019.