2008 Ohio GIS Conference
Presentation Abstract

GIS and Integrated Cultural Resources for Louisville Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project

Dean N Barbo, GIS Analyst, AMEC Earth & Environmental

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 9:10 AM - Track 3

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is expanding the I-64/I-71 interchange in downtown Louisville for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project, thereby altering the existing freeway configuration. The KYTC Division of Environmental Analysis was faced with a huge task of conducting environmental/archaeological surveys for all the affected parcels. For this Cultural Resource Management project, AMEC used GIS technology to overlay proposed construction corridors on historic plats to identify potential archaeological resources that may be impacted. The primary goal of building this GIS with SDE access is to research land parcels that had historically significant land usage through time, and identify the significant archaeological sites in advance of costly field work. Conversely, this advance research may be able to identify parcels that had significant site destruction to depth, thereby precluding the need for further expensive field investigations at those parcels. AMEC built a current affected parcel layer with editable fields that allows participants to view/edit the progress within the planned road corridor. Additionally, AMEC historians and archaeologists researched the historic Louisville archives and registries to compile data from city directories, Business directories, census records, and deeds from 1810-1921 into custom databases. Records were spatially enabled either as specific point locations or thru a customized block/street frontages layer, and linked by household ID within the database. These data also allowed the detailed classification of the parcels based upon historical importance and likelihood of finding artifacts of value in isolated project areas where archaeological deposits might exist.

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