Caltrans Approval of New Bridge Railing with Sidewalk

The Division of Engineering Services (DES) has issued a memorandum approving a new bridge railing with a sidewalk.  The memorandum provides information with regard to the new Bridge Standard Detail Sheets (XS).  The new sheets are: XS16-110-1 Concrete Barrier Type 732SW – Details No. 1 (pdf) XS16-110-1 Concrete Barrier Type 732SW – Details No. 1 (dgn) XS16-110-2 Concrete … Read more

Suspension of the SRT Systems

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) suspended the use of the SRT 350 6-post, 8-post, and 9-post systems and the SRT-27SP and SRT-31 guardrail end treatments in state highway projects and for replacement and repairs of existing installations until further notice. Caltrans considers the above end treatments to have a manufacturing defect because the assembly instructions do … Read more

Local Assistance Procedures for Simultaneous Processing of Allocation/Authorization Requests

In an effort to minimize delays on projects requiring both California Transportation Commission (CTC) Allocations and Federal Authorizations to Proceed, Caltrans Division of Local Assistance released an Office Memorandum on July 7, 2016 which establishes and documents the procedure that allows local agencies the option of submitting CTC Allocation requests and Federal Authorization requests simultaneously for any project component. … Read more

LPP 16-03, LAPM Manual Update

The Caltrans Division of Local Assistance has issued Local Program Procedures (LPP) 16-03 which has been recently incorporated into the Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM).  Specifically, LPP 16-03 has impacted the following chapters: Chapter 2, Roles and Responsibilities Chapter 3, Project Authorization Chapter 5, Invoicing Chapter 10, Consultant Selection Chapter 12, Plans, Specifications, & Estimate Chapter 15, Advertise and Award Project Chapter 16, … Read more

Safe Harbor Cost Rate Test and Evaluation Program Extended

NOTICE TO LOCAL AGENCIES AND A&E CONSULTING FIRMS WITH FEDERAL AID HIGHWAY FUNDED PROJECTS  Beginning July 1, 2013, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) initiated a Safe Harbor Cost Rate Test and Evaluation program for Architectural and Engineering (A&E) consulting firms involved in federal-aid highway funded projects in 12 designated states, including California. The FHWA established … Read more

Road Diets – Free Workshop from FHWA and Caltrans

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Caltrans is offering a one-day workshop on this low-cost, proven safety countermeasure that explores how agencies can use Road Diets to improve safety, operations, and livability in their communities.  Participants will be introduced to the FHWA Road Diet Informational Guide and guided through a decision-making process to determine when a … Read more

2015 Construction Contract Standards Webcast

Join Caltrans for a webcast on the 2015 Construction Contract Standards on May 18, 2016 from 10am – 12pm PST. This webcast will include a presentation followed by questions and answers.  The presentation will cover: How do the construction contract standards work? Payment – how is work paid for? Changes in 2015 Standards – where … Read more

Local HSIP Cycle 8 Call for Projects Announced

The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a core federal-aid program for the purpose of achieving a significant reduction in fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. On May 9, 2016, Caltrans Division of Local Assistance announced HSIP Cycle 8 Call for Projects. The deadline to submit applications for this Call for Projects is … Read more

New Caltrans Consultant Selection and Procurement Web Page

Caltrans Division of Local Assistance recently launched a new web page to assist local agencies with Consultant Selection and Procurement. This web page contains important information and guidance on the consultant procurement process related to federal-aid highway program funded projects. Consultant services contracts funded in whole, or in part, with federal-aid program funds must be procured … Read more

SSARP Phase 2 Call-for-applications and Local HSIP Cycle 8 Webinar

Systemic Safety Analysis Report Program (SSARP) Phase 2 Call-for-applications Caltrans announced SSARP Phase 2 Call for Applications on April 21, 2016. The application due date is Friday, May 27, 2016.  If an agency has submitted an application during Phase 1, they should not submit a new application since unselected applications from Phase 1 will be … Read more