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

Revised DBE Forms Posted

The following Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) forms for Local Assistance projects have been revised and posted on the Division of Local Assistance website: Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM) Exhibit 10-O1, Consultant Proposal DBE Commitment LAPM Exhibit 10-O2, Consultant Contract DBE Commitment LAPM Exhibit 15-G, Construction Contract DBE Commitment LAPM Exhibit 17-F, Final Report-Utilization of Disadvantaged Business … Read more

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