Local Assistance Consultant Procurement Manual

Caltrans Division of Local Assistance has released a Local Assistance Consultant Procurement Manual. This manual is available for local agencies to adopt as their own procurement procedures. Federal Regulation 23 CFR 172.5 requires all recipients of federal funds to adopt written policies and procedures for the procurement, management, and administration of engineering and design related … 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

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

2017 Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM) Released

Caltrans Division of Local Assistance is pleased to present the 2017 edition of the Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM). This 2017 edition incorporates all updates, changes, Office Bulletins and Local Programs Procedures.   Beginning with this release, new editions of the LAPM will now be presented on an annual basis in January of each year. … Read more

Renewal of MOU Assigning Environmental Responsibilities to the State

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has posted on the Federal Register the Renewal Package From the State of California to the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program and Proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Assigning Environmental Responsibilities to the State. The public is invited to comment on the renewal of the MOU.  Comments are due by December 16, 2016. The … Read more

FHWA’s New LEAP Pilot Program

A message to local agencies, from Ray Zhang, Chief, Division of Local Assistance, Caltrans: Dear Transportation Partners: By now, you have probably seen or heard about this federal register notice announcing FHWA’s new pilot program called LEAP. In yesterday’s Federal Register, the Federal Highway Administration announced a solicitation of interest to permit on a pilot … Read more

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