Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor

Phase I & II Archaeological Studies, Phase I & II Architectural Investigations, GIS Predictive Modeling, And Project Coordination

Washington, D.C. to Raleigh, North Carolina


Dovetail Cultural Resource Group is currently completing cultural resource studies, project effect coordination, and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) production for the Southeast High Speed Rail project. This project involves two distinct segments: the portion between the Potomac River and Richmond and the section between Richmond and the North Carolina State Line. Together, the project covers over 200 miles of rail and over 100 miles of new roadway. Dovetail’s cultural resource responsibilities to date include:

  • Reconnaissance and intensive level historic architecture evaluations with intensive archival research
  • Phase I and Phase II archaeological studies based on a predictive model
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) field data collection
  • Production of a GIS-based archaeological predictive model
  • Technical report production
  • Resource documentation forms
  • Project coordination with all involved local, state, and federal agencies.

In total, Dovetail has recorded over 100 archaeological sites and over 1,000 architectural properties at the Phase I level, completed archaeological testing at two dozen sites, conducted extensive architectural analysis of over 70 properties to determine National Register of Historic Places eligibility, crafted almost 100 chains of title, and conducted extensive additional archival research on properties along the entire corridor.

This extensive rail project requires coordination with a number of involved parties, including

  • North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
  • Virginia Department of Historic Resources
  • North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Federal Rail Administration
  • National Park Service
  • Other consulting firms, and numerous communities, individuals, and agencies who have a vested interest in this corridor.

It is anticipated that the project will be done on time and within budget.