Statewide Approval of Permanent Repairs under Caltrans’ Emergency Opening (EO) Procedures

Due to the severe winter storms that have affected California, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) grants statewide approval of permanent repairs that are most practical if completed using Caltrans’ Emergency Opening (EO) procedures to restore federal aid highway facilities. The approval applies to projects resulting from Disaster Events CA 17-1 and CA 17-2 while other … Read more

Take our A&E Contract Training Survey

Architecture & Engineering (A&E) Contract Training is one of the many tools the Division of Local Assistance provides to local agencies. The goal of this survey is to collect feedback that allows us to focus on your agencies’ needs pertaining to the success of procuring A&E consultant contracts. Please click the icon below to complete our short … Read more

New A&E Procurement Tool “Consultant Contract Compass”

Caltrans Division of Local Assistance is happy to introduce our new tool to assist local agencies in procuring Architectural and Engineering (A&E) consultants. Consultant Contract Compass is a program designed to walk you step-by-step through the process and is a companion to the Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM), Chapter 10, Consultant Selection. This tool will assist … Read more

Roadway Safety Training and Materials

In November 2016, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in collaboration with Caltrans, the California Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center, and the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC), held training on Roadside Safety Systems Design, Inspection and Maintenance, specifically Guardrail and End Terminals.  This training was recorded into seven sessions, and can be found on … Read more

UC Berkeley Expands Multimodal Transportation Training Series

California is on the forefront of making transportation systems multi-modal, integrated, inter-connected, context-sensitive, safe, and sustainable. UC Berkeley Tech Transfer courses in Multimodal Transportation will help transform your community to accommodate various travel modes beyond the motor vehicle and achieve the quality of life that your community desire for future generations. All of the following … Read more

Subsidized Training for Local Agencies

The California Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) is a jointly funded effort between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to provide local governments with training, information, technology, and direct assistance in order to help improve their transportation infrastructure.  Caltrans contracts with UC Berkeley, Institute of Transportation Studies to provide this training. … Read more

What if you only receive 1 A&E proposal? Selected Shorts Video Series

The Caltrans Division of Local Assistance is excited to announce a new informational tool for local agencies – the Selected Shorts Video Series.  These videos will be 1 to 2 minutes long and cover selected topics or issues we hope will help local agencies participating in federal-aid. What happens when you only receive one A&E … Read more

FHWA TechNotes on Bridge Construction Using Prefabricated Elements

FHWA’s Bridge Engineering Research Team in the Office of Infrastructure Research has released two new TechNotes focused on bridge construction using prefabricated elements.  Prefabricated bridge elements are assembled then connected onsite during bridge construction, and these connections often include the use of field-cast grouts.    These two TechNotes (FHWA-HRT-16-080 and FHWA-HRT-16-081) provide insight into test methods, key … Read more

TRB Webinar on Springtime Damage to Roads and Seasonal Load Limits

TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 2:00PM to 3:30PM EST on springtime damage to roads and seasonal load limits. Low-volume roads in seasonal frost areas are susceptible to damage from heavy vehicles during the spring thaw. The maintenance-free life of a low-volume road in a seasonal frost area averages less … Read more