Karen L. Daniels

Senior Historic Preservation Specialist

Missouri Department of Transportation
PO Box 270
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102

Direct: 573-526-7346

karen.daniels@modot.mo.gov

Karen Daniels has been with the Missouri Department of Transportation since 2001, doing project-level Section 106, Section 4(f) and NEPA for architectural and bridge resources. In addition to working on individual projects, she has completed mitigation for several architectural and bridge resources. She has worked on statewide and thematic Section 106 programmatic agreements for bridges allowing for mitigation of these resources as a type with a related history, instead of as individual resources, allowing for better preservation outcomes which benefit the community. 

She worked for the Southeast Tennessee Development District between 1989 and 2001. While there she worked with federal historic preservation programs, completing federal tax credit applications, city and county-wide surveys, assisting communities with Section 106 responsibilities and completing more than 25 National Register nominations. She also assisted local communities develop museums, heritage tourism programs and local historic preservation programs. In addition, she worked with state and regional arts and recreation programs benefiting local communities. The Chickamauga-Chattanooga Civil War Sites Assessment, done with the National Park Service for properties associated with the battles for Chickamauga and Chattanooga, but located outside the boundaries of the military park, won a Battlefield Preservation Award. 

She is currently serving on a National Cooperative Highway Research Program oversight panel for Project 25-62: Improving the Efficiency and Consistency of Section 106 Compliance for State DOTs: Strategies for Project-Level Programmatic Agreements and Postwar Commercial Properties. When complete, this project should provide state DOTs national guidance on addressing post-World War II commercial buildings. 

She has a Bachelor’s degree from the Southeast Missouri State University Historic Preservation Program and a Master’s degree in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University.