Cultural Historic Baseline Survey for the Proposed KY 293 to KY 91 Princeton Connector in Caldwell County, Kentucky

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001Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., conducts numerous surveys for transportation projects. The surveys range in size, but many times are rather large with numerous architectural resources in the project area. Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., works with the client to efficiently survey large projects, like the survey for the Princeton Connector in Caldwell County, Kentucky.

From July through September 2011, CRA conducted a cultural historic resource survey for the proposed KY 293 to KY 91 Princeton Connector in Caldwell County, Kentucky (Item Number 2-153.00). The project was completed for HMB Professional Engineers on behalf of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The project involved preliminary engineering and environmental studies for a proposed bypass on the east side of the city of Princeton, Caldwell County, from KY 293 to KY 91. Three potential route alternatives were developed as part of the scoping for this project. Through consultation with Rebecca Turner, Historic Preservation Coordinator for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the area of potential effect for the proposed project was defined as a corridor extending 1,000 ft to either side of the centerlines of each of the three proposed alignment alternatives and 500 ft to either side of the centerlines of ancillary roads potentially impacted by the proposed alignment alternatives.

002Prior to initiating fieldwork, a search of records maintained by the Kentucky Heritage Council was conducted to determine if previously recorded cultural historic resources 50 years of age or older are located in the area of potential effect. This inquiry indicated that two previously recorded properties and two coded properties were previously identified within the area of potential effect. Three of these properties were documented and evaluated during the field survey; the fourth property was no longer extant. During the field survey, two hundred and one additional properties were also documented, including forty-five Ranch houses within the Dixie Heights Subdivision. Efficient and accurate survey was facilitated by the completion of a specifically tailored inventory form adapted to a digital tablet format. CRA also employed systematic and time-saving practices in the documentation of the large number of repetitive mid-twentieth century buildings types found in the area of potential effect by documenting and assessing the resources by group according to building types, which facilitated efficient recordation and assessment for the National Register. None of the surveyed resources, including those located in the Dixie Heights Subdivision, were recommended as eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A, B, or C. Therefore, CRA recommended a no historic resources affected finding for the proposed project.

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