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

Attend a Webinar on Required DBE Goals for FTA Subrecipients

Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 26 (49 CFR 26) establishes requirements for the use of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) on all federally-funded projects.  In October 2016, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approved a revised triennial DBE goal and methodology for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).  This new DBE goal and … 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

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