Why 88.53?

When you become involved with federal-aid projects in California, an unusual, but commonly referred number is introduced to you: 88.53. The odd number represents the federal share percentage on local agency RSTP and CMAQ-funded projects … but why? Here’s how I answer to the often asked question. Federal funds typically1 provide a maximum 80% of … Read more

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking/Request for Comments for CM/GC

On 6/29/2015 the Federal Highway Administration issued a “Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking/Request For Comments” regarding Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) contracting. Comments are due by August 28, 2015. FHWA is taking this action to fulfill the statutory requirement in section 1303(b) of MAP-21 by amending 23 USC 112 to require the Secretary of Transportation to promulgate … Read more

Status of Pre-Award Audits has been Posted Online

When a new local agency code (Locode) is requested by a local agency, Caltrans Local Assistance requests a pre-award audit of the local agency to be performed by Caltrans Audits and Investigations (A&I). The work that is necessary within Local Assistance to generate a new Locode after successful pre-award audit completion can normally be done … Read more

Just Compensation for TCEs

To clarify the appropriate payment of just compensation for Temporary Construction Easements (TCEs)1 to the grantor, the Caltrans Office of Appraisals and Local Programs has issued this memo: Temporary Construction Easements – Payment of Just Compensation (July 6, 2015). The key takeaway is that a property owner must be compensated for the entire TCE term. … Read more

2016-2018 Overall DBE Goal and Methodology Public Comment Period: July 1-31

If you have feedback on the statewide overall DBE goal and methodology1, the Office of Business and Economic Opportunity (OBEO) wants your input. Here’s OBEO’s recent announcement opening up the public comment period: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is required to submit its overall annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal and methodology to the … Read more

Local Highway Bridge Program Training

The Local Highway Bridge Program has added two training videos to the Local Assistancw internet web page. The training videos are on Bridge Inspection Reports (BIR). One video discusses the complete BIR and the other discusses what makes a bridge “Structurally Deficient”. The videos can be access at the following link: http://dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/hbrr99/hbrr99a.htm Additional videos will … Read more

Procuring A&E Contracts Training Sessions

Additional sessions of the “Procuring A&E Contracts” training are currently open for registration. The one-day course focuses on Chapter 10 of the LAPM and provides an overview of step-by-step procedures that local agencies must follow to procure A&E contracts. Specific topics will include: Definition and Purpose of an A&E Contract Procurement Process – Roles and … Read more