Google Earth being discontinued December 12, 2015

The map display in Caltrans Earth uses the Google Earth Application Program Interface (API) and Plug-In software. Google announced they will be retiring their API and Plug-In software on December 12, 2015. We were notified by Google that these components were developed on an older technology that they consider a security risk. There are no announcements from Google … Read more

Updated LAPM Exhibit 13-B, RW Certification

LAPM Exhibit 13-B, Right of Way Certification Local Assistance Project, was recently updated to reflect Rights of Entry policy changes. The update was issued and explained through Division of Local Assistance Office Bulletin 15-03: Effective immediately, the use of Rights of Entry are limited to emergency and exceptional situations only and require pre-approval from the … Read more

FHWA’s FMIS Shutdown 09/26/15 – 10/25/15

In a message to transportation partners, Ray Zhang, Division of Local Assistance Chief, explains the upcoming shutdown of FHWA’s authorization approval and reimbursement system: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been working on upgrading its Financial Management Information System (FMIS) for a while to comply with some MAP-21 requirements. The roll out of FMIS upgrade … Read more

ITS and Traffic Operations Training Resources

The FHWA California Division has put together this list of education and training opportunities for those involved with Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and transportation operations projects. Most of the resources listed are free to local agency representatives. If you have other resources that may be helpful, please share them in the comments below or send … Read more

New-Look LAPM

If you’ve recently visited the Local Assistance website for the Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM), you’ll notice that all chapters1 have been revised1: The changes made were solely formatting. The new, consistent format was developed to provide the foundation for regular updates (every January and July) of the manual. Although the chapters look different, it should be noted that the contents of … Read more

DBE Training: Setting and Meeting the Goal

Additional sessions of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) training being provided by Caltrans Office of Business & Economic Opportunity (OBEO) to help local agencies understand how to set and meet their DBE goals on federally-funded projects have scheduled: Date: September 29, 2015 Time 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Location: Caltrans – District 2 1031 Butte … Read more

2015/16 RE Academy Sessions Scheduled

The schedule for the next round of Resident Engineers Academies has been announced. Training will be offered at the following dates and locations: October 5-8, San Luis Obispo (District 5) January 11-14, Eureka (District 1) March 7-10, Fresno (District 6) May 9-12, San Diego (District 11) If you’re interested in registering for this training, you must … Read more

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Training Resource

What’s an ITS project? Is my ITS project exempt, low-risk, or high-risk? What’s this picture above about? Depending on how it has been classified, the implementation and oversight process of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) projects may be different than the traditional roadway construction projects you’re familiar with . Because of the high failure of these … Read more

Understanding Prompt Payment Method 3

Are you familiar with the prompt payment and retainage provisions that your local agency has designated for federal-aid contracts? More importantly, do you know how to properly administer those provisions? To ensure prompt payment to subcontractors, federal regulations1 require that a local agency specify one of three retainage methods on federally-assisted contracts: Local agencies do … Read more