Structure Policy Directive 1-8 “Material Storage Under Bridges”

Following a disastrous loss of two major bridge spans in Atlanta, Georgia last March from a fire of material stored underneath, Caltrans management had a team review the policies and practices of Caltrans for storage of materials under bridges.  The task team consisted of staff from the Divisions of Maintenance, Right of Way, Traffic Operations, … Read moreStructure Policy Directive 1-8 “Material Storage Under Bridges”

TRB Webinar on Pavement Maintenance Programming Using 3D Laser Technology

TRB will conduct a webinar on Monday, March 26, 2018, from 11:00AM to 12:30PM PT that will present a systematic approach toward pavement maintenance and rehabilitation planning and programming using 3D laser technology and machine learning algorithms. The presenters will provide an overview of recent advances in automatic pavement distress detection. This webinar will also … Read moreTRB Webinar on Pavement Maintenance Programming Using 3D Laser Technology

FHWA Local Agency Training Needs Survey

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Center for Local Aid Support, invites you to participate in a Local Agency Training and Technical Assistance Needs Assessment.  Local agencies own seventy-six percent of the U.S. road network.  In this ownership role, many face challenges in maintaining and operating their network, including the need to find and retain a … Read moreFHWA Local Agency Training Needs Survey

Roadway Departure Safety Workshop in Marina, CA

Join us for a Local Roadway Departure Safety Workshop being held along the Central Coast in Marina, California.  This FREE workshop consists of three main parts. Participants will learn how to apply for federal funds, where their crashes happen, and what types of countermeasures are available. Learn from UC Berkeley, Caltrans, CHP, FHWA, NHTSA, OTS and PWD on … Read moreRoadway Departure Safety Workshop in Marina, CA

2018 LAPM & LAPG Released

Caltrans Division of Local Assistance has released the 2018 updates of the Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM) and the Local Assistance Program Guidelines (LAPG). Below is a summary of the significant revisions. Comments and suggestions for improvement to the LAPM may be submitted to Kamal Sah, Publications Manager, Division of Local Assistance, at Kamal.Sah@dot.ca.gov. To receive notifications of … Read more2018 LAPM & LAPG Released

Request for Volunteers to Develop Guidance on Vehicle Costs on A&E Contracts

Caltrans Independent Office of Audits and Investigations (A&I) is in its beginning stages of developing guidelines on how Architectural and Engineering firms should support vehicle costs on contracts with Local Agencies and with Caltrans.  We are looking for one or two representatives from local agencies to participate in a planning meeting with other stakeholders to … Read moreRequest for Volunteers to Develop Guidance on Vehicle Costs on A&E Contracts

Policy Update: New Process for Reviewing Indirect Cost Rates of A&E firms Contracting with Local Agencies

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is implementing a new process for reviewing Indirect Cost Rates of Architectural and Engineering (A&E) firms contracting with local agencies.   As part of the process, A&E firms will now be required to submit to local agencies certain financial documents to support their Indirect Cost Rates. Training on the new … Read morePolicy Update: New Process for Reviewing Indirect Cost Rates of A&E firms Contracting with Local Agencies

Assuring Quality in Geotechnical Reporting Documents (FHWA-NHI-17-016)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced the availability of “GEC 14 – Assuring Quality in Geotechnical Reporting Documents (FHWA-NHI-17-016). This publication presents information intended to assist users with effectively incorporating Quality Assurance (QA) into the preparation of Geotechnical Reporting Documents (GRDs), which includes reports and other documents that communicate geotechnical data, analysis and recommendations. This publication … Read moreAssuring Quality in Geotechnical Reporting Documents (FHWA-NHI-17-016)

TRB Webinar: Roller-Compacted Concrete Pavements State-of-the-Practice

TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 11:00AM to 12:30PM PT that will provide an overview about the state-of-the-practice for roller-compacted concrete (RCC) pavements. RCC is placed with conventional or high-density asphalt paving equipment, and then compacted with rollers. This webinar will focus on information in Technical Brief FHWA-HIF-16-003.* It will … Read moreTRB Webinar: Roller-Compacted Concrete Pavements State-of-the-Practice

Protocols for the Assessment and Repair of Bridge Foundations

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Geotechnical Team announced the availability of the completed research report titled “Protocols for the Assessment and Repair of Bridge Foundations” (FHWA-HIF-17-044). This report is intended to provide guidance to bridge owners for preparing for and responding to bridge foundation failures that result in the need to close a bridge … Read moreProtocols for the Assessment and Repair of Bridge Foundations