In response to the severe winter storms that affected California during December 2016 and January 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a letter to Caltrans granting approval for conducting permanent repairs under emergency opening (EO) procedures in order to restore federal aid highway facilities. This approval is applicable to projects resulting from Disaster Events CA 17-1 and CA 17-2, and to those projects that meet the conditions as described in the letter from FHWA dated March 14, 2017.
This supplemental guidance is for use by CT HQ Local Assistance Headquarters Area Engineers, District Local Assistance Engineers and Local Assistance environmental staff. Projects that do not meet the criteria shall be processed in accordance with LAPG Chapter 11 under the regular procedures for permanent restoration.
Please refer to the following resources for more information regarding the Emergency Relief Program and Environmental Procedures:
- Local Assistance Program Guidelines, Chapter 11 – Emergency Relief Program:
- Standard Environmental Reference, Emergency Projects – Environmental Process and Requirements:
- March 14, 2017 letter from FHWA: Emergency Relief (ER) Program – Statewide Approval of Permanent Repairs under Caltrans’ Emergency Opening (EO) Procedures: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/erp/2017/PR%20in%20EO%20-%20%20Prog%20Approval.pdf
- Governor Brown’s Declares State of Emergency Requests, Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Due to Recent Storms, March 7, 2017: https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19707
If you have any questions please contact Robert Baca at 916-653-9151 or Bob.Baca@dot.gov.