New A&E 10-C Process In Effect as of October 1

Effective October 1, all Architectural & Engineering (A&E) consultant contracts require an accepted Exhibit 10-C prior to contract award per Division of Local Assistance Office Bulletin 17-02 (DLA-OB 17-02), A&E Consultant Contract Review. Please confirm you are using the updated Exhibit 10-C located on the Local Assistance Procedures Manual forms page under Chapter 10. For … Read more

POLICY UPDATE: OB 17-02 A&E Consultant Contract Review

Office Bulletin (OB) 17-02 Architectural & Engineering (A&E) Consultant Contract Review A completed Exhibit 10-C, A&E Consultant Contract Review Checklist, for new or amended federal and/or state funded consultant contracts must be accepted by Caltrans prior to contract award effective October 1, 2017. Exhibit 10-C has been revised to identify critical elements of the consultant procurement process … Read more

CTC Authorizes Nearly $690 Million to Accelerate Additional Transportation Projects

Message from Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans   Dear Colleagues, I wanted to share with you a news release put out by Caltrans today announcing 32 transportation projects that will now have their delivery accelerated thanks to anticipated funding from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The California Transportation Commission … Read more

POLICY UPDATE: FHWA Approval of A&E Consultants in a Management Support Role

All Local Public Agencies that solicit to hire A&E consultant(s) in a management support role must obtain FHWA approval prior to contract execution. This authority is not delegated to Caltrans. Please refer to DLA-OB-17-01 A&E Consultants in a Management Support Role below for more information. DLA-OB 17-01 A&E Consultants in a Management Support Role Attachment … Read more

Grace Period Extended for Lump Sum Method of Paying Invoices for PPM Fund Allocations Less Than $300k

To Affected MPOs, RTPAs, and Counties: Last July/August, Caltrans accounting office informed us they will not be able to pay invoices using the Lump Sum method of invoicing (payment for services not yet rendered) for Planning, Programming, and Monitoring (PPM) funds that are allocated for less than $300k. This was interpreted as a gift of … Read more

CPB 17-1, “Permanent Pedestrian Facilities Construction Inspection Documentation” Issued

Construction Policy Bulletin CPB 17-1, “Permanent Pedestrian Facilities Construction Inspection Documentation,” has been posted on the Caltrans Division of Construction website. This bulletin announces mandatory use of forms to document compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for construction of permanent pedestrian facilities. It instructs resident engineers to refer to Construction Policy Bulletin 14-1, … Read more

Transportation Conformity, A Basic Guide for State & Local Officials

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has updated their guide, “Transportation Conformity, A Basic Guide for State & Local Officials.” The purpose of this guide is to help State and local officials understand transportation conformity and how conformity requirements relate to transportation investments in their communities.   It discusses the implications of conformity on metropolitan transportation plans, … Read more

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