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A AB1012 As a result of Assembly Bill 1012 (AB1012) four transportation project delivery advisory teams were formed in Redding, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego to report on ways to expedite project delivery. Each team consisted of the Caltrans District Director, Executive Directors from the regional or metropolitan transportation planning organizations, and representatives from transit districts, cities, counties, the Professional Engineers in California Government, private construction and the Federal Highway Administration. This report is a compilation of the four teams' reports. It is not a Caltrans report. ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS FRESNO SITE CA-FRE-1671 This report presents the combined results of the test and data recovery excavations completed at archaeological site CA-FRE-1671 by Infotec Research under contract to Caltrans. Located in the south central Sierra Nevada foothills near Academy in Fresno County, California. the site is a large 9163, 000M2, COMPLEX OF MIDDENS, BEDROCK MORTARS, PICTOGRAPHS,
A SMALL ROCKSHELTER, HOUSE PITS, WATTLE and daub architectural debris,
and prehistoric cemeteries. A total of 27.6 m3 was excavated by hand in anticipation of realignment of State Highway 168. Materials recovered during the excavation, including shell beads, bone tools, ceramics, steatite beads, shards, and manufacturing debris, ground stone, projectile points and chipping debris, are described and reported. The site was first occupied from ca. 700 B.C. to A.D. 300, and again from A.D. 1300-1790. ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS & STONEWORKING IN MONO COUNTY This report presents the results of data recovery excavations completed at archaeological sites CA-MNO-574,0577, -578 and -833 by Infotec Research under contract to Caltrans. Located in the vicinity of Mammoth Lakes in Mono county, California, these were due to be affected by road improvements associated with realignment of U.S. Highway 395. All four sites were scatters of obsidian tools, cores and debitabe derived from the adjacent Casa Diablo obsidian source. A total of 38 m3 of deposit excavated from these sites yielded 77, cores, 172 bifaces, 39 projectile points, 47 retouched pieces, 253,271 pieces of debitage, five hammerstones and six ground stone artifacts. Obsidian hydration results and projectile point types indicate the sites represent occupation between 4400 B.C. and A.D. 1700. ARCHAEOLOGICAL MONTEREY ARCHAEOLOGICAL DATA RECOVERY AT THE TORO CREEK SITE, CA-MNT-3, MONTEREY COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. This report by Caltrans archaeologist Terry L. Jones presents the results of the 1994-96 investigations at a large prehistoric site in inland Monterey County. The site was occupied primarily during the Middle/Late Transition (ca. A.D. 1050-1450), and is one of many settlements in the region which were apparently abandoned at a time of prolonged and severe droughts known as the Medieval Warm Period (ca. A.D. 800-1400). The report describes the stone, animal bone, and marine shell artifacts and waste products recovered from the site. Special studies use radiocarbon, obsidian, and shell beads to address chronology; stone artifacts to discuss technology; and faunal materials to reconstruct diet, seasonality, and water temperature.
Go toB BID SUMMARY (Direct Internet Link) A Bid Summary is a listing of bidders for a particular project along with a listing of subcontractors for each bidder as provided in their respective proposal books, and a listing of the mathematically verified unit and extended prices for each bid item as listed in their proposal books. Bidders are listed in ranking order (lowest to highest) and each entry includes the address, phone and fax numbers and contractors license number of the bidder as well as the mathematically verified bid total. BRIDGE DESIGN AIDS (English) Basic design charts with some instruction on how to design elements of bridge structures/ (Manual Editor: Committee Chairs and Technical Specialists) BRIDGE DESIGN DETAILS (English) For draft persons. It gives instructions on how to lay out a set of bridge plans containing numerous sample details of bridge elements and has copies of our standard detail sheets. (Manual Editor: Committee Chairs and Technical Specialists). BRIDGE DESIGN PRACTICE MANUAL Out of Stock (English) Correspondence course showing how to design bridge elements using Load Factor theory. (Manual Editor: Committee Chairs and Technical Specialists). BRIDGE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS (English) Derived from the AASHTO Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges. (Manual Editor: Committee Chairs and Technical Specialists). BRIDGE MEMO TO DESIGNERS (20% Metric) Miscellaneous directions and instructions to bridge designer on policies, procedures and design details. (Manual Editor: Committee Chairs and Technical Specialists). BRIDGE STANDARD DETAILS SHEETS - METRIC OUT OF STOCK BRIDGE STANDARD DETAILS SHEETS - ENGLISH NOTE: BE SURE TO READ THE 'README.1ST' FILE BEFORE PROCEEDING TO DOWNLOAD. (35% Metric) Sheets printed at 11 x 17 inch format size with Index listing and Notes to Designers. Available at the following Internet address: ftp://trescftp.dot.ca.gov/pub/structures_cadd/xc_sheets BUILDING THE LA AQUEDUCT< This report describes the findings of an archaeological data recovery program conducted at a temporary construction camp located about four miles north of Lone Pine, California and associated with the construction of the original Los Angeles Aqueduct. The camp, recorded in 1990 as archaeological site (CA-INY-3760/H), was found eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and lay in the path of a four lane upgrade of Route 395 in Inyo County, California. Originally occupied in the final period of aqueduct construction in late 1912 and early 1913, archaeological investigations sought to examine the layout of the community and its implications, the demographic composition of the camp, and the nature of living conditions and class relations. The material remains from the camp also have comparative value because they reflect a distinct moment in time and type of activity.
Go toC CADD USERS MANUAL (ENGLISH) The purpose of this manual is to establish uniform policies and procedures to assist
Caltrans personnel and consultants in the handling of electronic files and information
for the Department's project delivery process. (Only available on the Internet at this time.) This manual is for:
Go toD DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE SUBSCRIPTION SINGLE ISSUE FOR ABOVE (For searchable information click here) Prepared to help local agencies understand Title VI requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as the subsequent acts. this guidebook highlights those steps in the process of developing local projects where participation by disadvantaged business enterprises is encouraged. DRAFTING AND PLANS-METRIC, 1996 (Direct Internet Link) This manual is not intended for use as a textbook or a substitute for engineering knowledge, experience, or judgment. It establishes uniform standards and procedures to use when perparing right of way maps, informational exhibits, application exhibits, and the development of project plans. The uses for and contents of the various drawings are described and, in most cases, illustrated by examples. This manual also seeks to acquaint the user with the use of the Metric System in engineering drawing preparation and a basic understanding of reprograhics.
Go toE EMERGENCY RELIEF GUIDE BOOK (Direct Internet Link) A guidebook is provided to assist city and county agencies as well as their consultants in obtaining federal and state resources for the repair of local Federal-aid highway facilities that have been damaged and/or destroyed by natural disasters or major catastrophes. Contact information is provided for additional disaster assistance programs that are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Office of Emergency Services (OES). More details about emergency relief programs are contained in the Caltrans Local Assistance Program Guidelines (available on-line at the Web address shown below) and updates that are presented in Local Programs Procedures. To access the Local Assistance Program Guidelines on-line or to obtain current policy, please contact the Caltrans local assistance office for your area or refer to the http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/home3.htm then go to the Publications section. ENCROACHMENT PERMITS MANUAL 1997 (Direct Internet Link) The purpose of this Sixth Edition (revised October, 1997) of the Encroachment Permits Manual is to promote uniform methods and procedures in issuing encroachment permits. Special situations and circumstances may call for deviations from requirements subject to prior approval by the Caltrans' Design and Local Programs. EXTERNALLY FINANCED PROJECTS BRANCH INFORMATION & PROCEDURES GUIDE (English) Intended for use by EFPB staff members, other Division of Structures and Caltrans personnel, local entities, design consultants and other such authorities, agencies or disciplines involved in the preparation of information and documents for externally designed highway projects which require EFPB oversight. (Manual Editor: Office of Structure External Liaison & Support, EFPB Chief Phil Warriner (916) 227-8244) EZ GUIDE (Direct Internet Link) The EZ Guide is intended to give the reader an overall view of the Caltrans project delivery process in one small, condensed manual. The EZ Guide identifies essential Caltrans standards, conventions and work flow processes that originate in the CADD Users Manual and Plans Preparation Manual which are utilized by Caltrans in developing roadway design projects.
Go toF FIBER OPTIC DESIGN GUIDELINES Because Caltrans has been designing and constructing fiber optic communication systems in many Districts, it is necessary to have Statewide Design Guidelines or Fiber Optic pojects. The purpose of these guidelines is to promote and ensure compatibility and standardization, conductivity, and reliability between the different Districts' fiber communication systems. It includes and overview of typical design considerations, recemmendations, guidance, and suggestions for installation, system testing and documentation, discussion on the standard special provision section, and project plans
FIELD GUIDE FOR SEED SAMPLING
The Field Guide for Seed Sampling complements an on-line course for Resident Engineers and Inspectors involved with erosion control. This guide covers terms to know, seed verification, seed sampling, calculating PLS and applications rates. This Pocket Guide consists of 2 laminated 4 3/4x7 inch cards attached together with a ring.FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES GUIDEBOOK (Direct Internet Link) A guidebook for local agencies and consultants, this publication provides local project sponsors with a summary of information about available state and federal funding programs. For easy reference, the guidebook also identifies programs that have been discontinued and contains a directory of Caltrans District Local Assistance Engineers (DLAEs) who may assist project sponsors. The guidebook gives some detailed background about each federal and state program in a concise one to two page description. Each program description contains key facts about eligibility, project selection processes, significant dates, references, sources for assistance and other essential information. More details about each program are contained in the Caltrans Local Assistance Program Guidelines (available on-line at the Web address shown below) and updates that are presented in Local Programs Procedures. To access the Local Assistance Program Guidelines on-line or to obtain current policy, please contact the Caltrans local assistance office for your area or refer to the http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/home3.htm, then go to the Publications section.
Go toG A GERMANIC ENCLAVE IN WEST OAKLAND-Archaeological Investigations for the Mandela park and Ride Relocation Project in the City of Oakland, California This report by Thad M. Van Bueren (2004) documents a historical archaeological investigation conducted in connection with relinquishment of a Caltrans park and ride facility in West Oakland. The work identified 63 archaeological features, including three deemed eligible for the National Register and subject to complete excavation. The report analyzes those eligible features, which were associated with the Berger, Braun, and Cordes families during the late 19th century. The families formed a closely-knit local enclave of Germanic descent. Detailed comparisons are made with other West Oakland collections sampled during the Cypress Freeway Replacement Project, revealing noteworthy patterns that can be linked to traditional ethnic proclivities and evolving class consciousness GUIDE TO PROJECT DELIVERY STANDARD WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURE JULY 2003
(Direct Internet Link)
Go toH HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE GUIDE These guidelines provide a "how to" document for planners, designers and operators of mainline high occupancy vehicle facilities. It is broken down into 7 sections - planning, operations, geometric design, ingress/egress, signing and marking, enforcement and appendix. (Robert Peterson (916) 654-2697) HIGHWAY DESIGN MANUAL This manual is prepared by the Office of Geometric Design Standards, Headquarters Division of Design. The manual establishes uniform policies and procedures to carry out the highway design functions of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). It is neither intended as, nor does it establish, a legal standard for these functions. The policies established herein are for the information and guidance of the officers and employees of the Department. Many of the instructions given herein are subject to amendment as conditions and experience seem to warrant. Special situations may call for variation from policies and procedures, subject to Office of Geometric Design approval, or such approval as may be specifically provided for. It is not intended that any standard of conduct or duty toward the public shall be created or imposed by the publication of this manual. Statements as to the duties and responsibilities of any given classification of officers or employees mentioned herein refer solely to duties or responsibilities owed by those in such classification to their superiors. However, in their official contacts, each employee should recognize the necessity for good relations with the public. HISTORIC HIGHWAY BRIDGES OF CALIFORNIA The contents of this report reflect the views of the author who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official view or policies of the California Department of Transportation or State of California. The State of California does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trade or manufacturer's names appear herein, only because they are considered essential to the object of this document. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. HOW TO DO BUSINESS WITH CALTRANS (Direct Web Link-Click on Title) Information on how Caltrans acquires goods and services.
Go toI I-880 CYPRESS REPLACEMENT PROJECT ON CD This seven volume set provides tehcnical details on an archaeological invenstation of 22 blocks in West Oakland, conducted to address impacts associated with rebuilding the Cypress Freeway after it collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The archaeological study explored 243 house lots and encountered 2,584 features. Of these, 63 privies, 37 pits, 12 wells, 2 trenches, and 1 burial were determined eligible for the National Registry of Historic Places and were investigated in detail. This set of reports offers a technical analysis of the eligible features, reporting archaeological discoveries and information about the historical associations for each find. The technical reports are available in hard copy and on CD in pdf. format. Two other reports synethesize and interpret the broader meaning of these discoveries. Those interpretive volumes are also available (see Putting the " There" There: Historical Archaeologies of West Oakland and Sights and Sounds: Essays in Celebration of West Oakland INDEXS TO CALIF HWY & P/W 1937-1967 (Direct Internet) Link OUT OF STOCK Publication History - California Highways and Public Works was the official journal of the Department of Public Works (Caltrans' predecessor agency) from 1912 to 1967. The history of its publication is almost as involved as the Calfornia Highway System itself. Five issues of the journal, then called California Highway Bulletin, were published by the California Highway Commission and the Department of Engineering between 1912 and 1916. After a lapse in publication from 1916 to 1923 the journal, now renamed California Highways, was issued monthly through August, 1927 and bi-monthly for September-October, 1927. In Novemebr, 1927 the Department of Public Works took over publication and renamed the journal California Highways and Public Works. Under the Department of Public Works, the journal was issued intermittently monthly or bi-monthly through December, 1934 then on a regular basis beginning in January, 1935 to February, 1943. Regular bi-monthly publication began March-April, 1943 and continued until the final issue: January-February, 1967. INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLAGGERS (Direct Internet Link) FLAGGING (SIGNALING) PROCEDURES - Signs, cones and properly equipped and trained flagger(s) shall be in place before any work is started which interferes with traffic. INY - 30 ARCHAEOLOGY OF PREHISTORIC CULTURE CHANGE IN THE SOUTHERN OWENS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
CA-Iny-30 is an extensive multi-component prehistoric site containing several midden accumulations, surface and subsurface features, and superficial housepit depressions. It is situated adjacent to modern Highway 395 on a large alluvial fan where Lubkin Creek bisects the Alabama Hills on the west margin of the Owens Valley. The investi- gations reported in this document were conducted in response to plans by the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) to widen and realign a portion of Highway 395 between Lone Pine and Cartago. Responding to the anticipated impacts of highway construction, as well as to a variety of State and Federal legislation regarding the preservation of cultural resources, CALTRANS has sponsored a multi-phase program of site testing, data recovery, and ancillary salvage at the locality. The combined results of these efforts are summarized in the present report. ITS SOFTWARE ACQUISITION 1. ITS SOFTWARE ACQUISITION - slide format with overview and themes which describes the unique aspects of the software acquisition life cycle from development and risk management to maintenance and configuration management. Includes a checklist. 2. The Road to Successful ITS Software Acquisition, Volume I: Overview and Themes, USDOT FHWA. This document assembles best practices and presents practical advice on how to acquire the software components of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The intended audience is the "customers"--project leaders, technical contract managers, decision makers, and consultants --who are responsible for one or more ITS systems. The document presents a series of "themes" that serve as guiding principles for building a successful acquisition. 3. The Road to Successful ITS Software Acquisition, Volume II: Software Acquisition Process Reference Guide, USDOT FHWA. This document assembles best practices and presents practical advice on how to acquire the software components of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The intended audience is the "customers"--project leaders, technical contract managers, decision makers, and consultants --who are responsible for one or more ITS systems. The document presents a series of "themes" that serve as guiding principles for building a successful acquisition. Electronic versions for items 2 and 3 are available at http://www.its.fhwa.dot.gov/cyberdocs/welcome.htm
Go toL LABOR SURCHARGE AND EQUIPMENT RENTAL RATES - APRIL 1, 2004-MARCH 31, 2005 (Direct Internet Link) The calculated rate represents the cost of owning and operating the equipment, which is likely to be lower than the rate charged by the rental yard. The rental yard rate may include additional overhead and profit as well as a premium for short term rentals. In certain situations, factors are applied to the calculated rates to provide ownership-only rates for delay situations or operating-only rates for overtime situations. The rates are calculated using factors for the direct cost items described above. The factors represent an average and are applied to all makes and models of equipment within the class. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS MANUAL The Landscape Architecture Standards Manual provides an authoritative source of information for Caltrans Landscape Architects and Landscape Technicians in their efforts to prepare quality highway planting and irrigation contract documents. In addition, it discusses project design; the development of plans, specifications and estimates; and responsibilities that are essential for project advertisement, bid opening, and contract award. LENDING A HAND: ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON FARM LABOR
AT THE BROWN AND SANDERSON FARM IN AMADOR COUNTY, CALIFORNIA This report presents the results of archaeological data recovery excavations at site CA-AMA-364/H for the Amador Bypass Project, a realignment of State Route 49 in Amador County between mile posts R10.5 and R16.1. The portion of CA-AMA-364/H subject to direct impacts coincided with the core area of a historic farm occupied first by the family of Dr. James A. Brown from 1848 to 1869 and then by John Sanderson and his family until 1917. The investigations identified several structures and activity areas used by hired hands. Those workers included native-born, Chinese, and other foreign laborers, as well as local Native Americans. The experiences of those workers are reconstructed using a wide variety of archaeological and historical clues including a ledger left behind by a Chinese cook in 1857. LOCAL ASSISTANCE PUBLICATION / FORMS PLUS ON DVD) (Direct Internet Link)
The DVD acts as a one-stop shop for information and promotes better access to helpful information for local project delivery. Especially useful as a starter kit for new staff, the DVD provides local project sponsors with fast and powerful access to essential information. Local agencies and consultants will find the DVD full of manuals, handbooks, and other publications that address procedures, practices, policies, and standards. The Local Assistance Procedures Manual, Local Assistance Program Guidelines, Local Program Procedures (LPP's), FormsPLUS, Quality Assurance Program (QAP) Manual, Local Assistance Guidebooks, most Caltrans manuals, and federal and state transportation related regulations are included on the DVD. Links to these manuals or regulations are also provided. The DVD enables PC users to find information without requiring Internet access or performing an online search. This DVD is part of an ongoing effort to provide more "user-friendly" manuals for local assistance.
For any questions regarding the latest version of FormsPLUS, please visit Caltrans website at:
or send email to FormsPLUS@dot.ca.gov.
LOCAL ASSISTANCE PROCEDURES MANUAL (Direct Internet Link) Willl describe the reengineered processing procedures that local agencies must follow to successfully implement Federal and/or state funded local transportation projects. LOCAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM GUIDELINES MANUAL (Direct Internet Link) Provides local project sponsors with a complete description of the Federal and State programs available for financing local public transportation facilities. Each program is discussed in detail and addresses such topics as: project eligibility, project selection, process funding levels, key decision makers, significant dates, relevant statutory references and related publications; please be aware that this guidebook was issued prior to Caltrans reengineering policy. To obtain current policy, please contact the Caltrans local assistance office for your area, or refer to the Caltrans Local Programs Home Page, then go to the Local Programs Procedures (LPP) section.
Go toM MAIN STREETS: FLEXIBILITY IN DESIGN AND OPERATION MAINTENANCE MANUAL VOLUME 1 (INTERNAL) (Direct Internet Link) The Maintenance Manual is comprised of two volumes. This Volume 1 describes the maintenance organization and the methods and procedures used in the maintenance program. MAINTENANCE MANUAL VOLUME II The manuals are subject to routine updates and it is the "Users" responsibility to verify they have the most current edition.
Go toP PLANS-MAPS-DESCRIPTIONS This booklet is intended to present some information regarding "Plans, Maps, and Descriptions". We do not pretend that it will give a complete knowledge of the subject. We do hope, however, that it will serve to introduce some of the employees of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to "Plans, Maps and Descriptions" as "vital tools" in the business of construction and maintaining highways, and to explain some of the information which is shown on these "tools". This booklet does not, in any way, reflect the official views of the California Department of Transportation. Complete sets of manuals are available in the many functions of the Department, and these, or the appropriate personnel, should be consulted on any problem concerning technical or procedural details. PLANS PREPARATION MANUAL The purpose of this manual is to establish uniform policies, standards
and conventions in the development of roadway project plans for
submittal as contract bid documents. PLANS SPEC ESTIMATES GUIDE, METRIC (Direct Internet Link) This guide outlines the information needed by District Office Engineer Units to prepare quality construction documents for submission to ESC-OE. In addition, it defines subsequent PS&E precessing require- ments and responsibilities which are essential for advertisement, bid opening, and award. PLANT SETBACK & SPACING GUIDE METRIC Out of Stock This plant list has been developed as and aid in determining the appropriate setback and spacing for plant materials used in highway planting projects. POST EARTHQUAKE INVESTIGATION MANUAL The Post Earthquake Investigation Team (PEQIT) gathers information about the performance of bridges and other highway structures after a large earthquake. The information is used to evaluate Caltrans' current design and retrofit procedures. Because highway damage is removed or repaired very quickly after an earthquake, the PEQIT must be single-minded in their pursuit of data. Although there are constant demands from professors, reporters, engineers, and residents after an earthquake, the PEQIT cannot let itself be sidetracked. A successful post-earthquake investigation depends on preparation, organization, coordination, communication, and cooperation. It depends on a commitment on the part of all members, but it also depends heavily on safety. The highway is a particularly dangerous place after an earthquake and the PEQIT members must remember that no piece of information is worth endangering one's life. PROCEDURES MANUAL FOR SPECIAL FUNDED STATE HIGHWAY PROJECTS Provides a detailed guidance to the technical staff of local agencies and the private sector on specific steps and procedures for developing special funded projects constructed on the State Highway systen. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PROCEDURES MANUAL (Direct Internet Link) The purpose of the Project Development Workflow Tasks Manual is to provide a "working road map" through the project development process. It consists of 439 tasks and their workflow relationships throughout the process. For purposes of this manual, the process is defined as spanning those activities/events/phases and that time frame that commences with project initiation (PYPSCAN Milestone 000) and ends with completion of construction (PYPSCAN Milestone 700 - Prepare Final Project Files). PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PROCEDURES MANUAL (Direct Internet Link) Out of Stock This chapter of the Caltrans Maintenance Manual is a part of the Caltrans written INJURY AND ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM. It provides detailed instructions for Maintenance managers, supervisors and employees. It is designed to help employees in their efforts to work safely. All employees are expected to follow these minimum guidelines. PROJECT COMMUNICATION HANDBOOK
(Direct Internet Link) PROJECT RISK MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK
(Direct Internet Link) PROTECTION OF WORKERS CHAPTER 8 This chapter of the Caltrans Maintenance Manual is part of the Caltrans written INJURY AND ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM. It provides detailed instructions for Maintenance managers, supervisors, and employees. It is designed to help employees in their efforts to work safely. All employees are expected these minimum guidelines. PUTTING THE "THERE" THERE-Historical Archaeologies of West Oakland This report analyzes and interprets the results of an archaeological investigation of 22 blocks of West Oakland, conducted to address impacts associated with rebuilding the Cypress Freeway after it collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. A vast collection of data previously reported in a seven volume set of techical reports (see I-880 Cypress Replacement Project, Block Technical Reports) are analyzed and interpreted in this synthetic report of findings. The volume offers probing essays on different aspects of West Oakland life, melding archaeological, documentary, and oral history to create a richly textured view of historic West Oakland and the people who live there. It is engagingly written with sidebar essays and ample illustrations and should be of interest to experts and public alike. The volume includes a CD containing the test of the report, appendices, a catalog, and the 7 volume set of supporting technical reports ( the latter reports are also available separately in hard copy - see separate listing).
Go to MenuQ Go to MenuR 1997 ROUTE SEGMENT REPORT This report contains summaries of highway statistics and a description of the State Highway System in terms of the data in the Caltrans State Highway Inventory. It also lists by state highway route and segment, selected data elements contained in the Inventory that describes our highways in terms of existing physical facility, Federal-aid system, and level of traffic service. It addresses only those State Highway Routes specified by law and described in the Streets and Highways Code. RAMP METER DESIGN MANUAL..2000 Manual on geometric, electrical and signing design of metered ramps. RAMP VOLUMES This booklet lists average daily traffic for ramps on the California State Freeway System. It consists of nine booklets which are broken down by the various districts as designated by the California Department of Transportation. Contact Sharyl Melo at (916) 654-4578, if there are any questions. Please note that hard copies are no longer available,
but copies can be obtained by clicking on the appropriate links
on the Pulblications main web page under Ramp Volumes. RIGHT OF WAY MANUAL (Direct Internet Link) "The Right of Way (R/W) Program administers the statewide program for right of way acquisition and real property management in support of Caltrans' purpose, mission, vision, and goals. The purpose of the R/W Manual is to give users a tool that will lead them through the R/W processes. The manual is organized along the normal work flow as much as possible. Various type faces have been used to produce the manual. All section headings are in bold print. The text of any law, statute, or regulation
is in bold italicized print. Abbreviations and acronyms are used wherever possible. A glossary of definitions is included along with the various forms and exhibits. The manual will be updated to keep current through the issuance of periodic changes." Right of Way for the following: Business & Farm or Nonprofit.Spanish/Eng Mobile Home..Spanish/English Outdoor Advertisement Act..English Only Outdoor Advertisement Code..English Only Residential..Spanish/English Your Property..Spanish/English (Direct Web Link-Click on Title) Designed to assist local public agencies in acquiring right of way for local Federal-aid transportation facilities. This publication highlights the sequence of key procedural stetps, describes the requirements affecting each activity, and indicates required approvals; be aware this guidebook was issued prior to Caltrans reengineering policy. To obtain current policy, please contact the Caltrans local assistance office for your area, or refer to the Caltrans Local Programs Home Page , then go to the Local Programs Procedures (LPP) section. REFERENCE SHEETS-STRUCTURAL OVERHEAD AND ROADSIDE SIGNS A guide to assist in the design of Overhead & Roadside Signs ROADSIDE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT ROUTE 91 TOLL LANES STUDY The final report is for a Caltans and US-DOT funded study evaluating the impacts of variable toll express lanes in the median of Route 91 in Orange County. Its objective is to develop information and insights for improved understanding of travelers' reactions to market-based road pricing. The 4-year study provides a year and a half of "baseline" data collected prior to the express lanes' opening, a year and a half of data with the lanes in operation, and the conclusions drawn from analysis of the data. Dr. Ed Sullivan is the principal investigator for the study connected with Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo. RULES & REGS FOR OFFICIAL TRAFFIC CONTROL These "Rules and Regulations Prescribing Uniform Standards and Specifications for Official Traffic Control Devices" have been published by the State Department of Transportation in compliance with Section 21400 of the Vehicle which provides in part; " The Department of Transportation shall, after consultation with local agencies and public hearings, adopt rules and regulations prescribing uniform standards and specifications for all official traffic control devices placed pursuant to the provisions of this code, including, but not limited to, stop signs, yield right of way signs, speed restriction signs, railroad warning approach signs, street name signs, lines and markings on the roadway, and stock crossing signs placed pursuant to Section 21364." Commonly used traffic control devices, conforming the the statutory requirements, if any, in effect at the time of their installation, may continue in use until replacement is necessary because of damage or normal maintenance.
Go to MenuS SAFETY MANUAL (Direct Internet Link) This Safety manual provides an authoritative source of information to assist managers, supervisors, and employees in their efforts to conduct Caltrans business in a safe and healthy manner consistent with applicable law, rule, policy, or regulation. This manual contains infor- mation and guidance about maintaining a safe and secure work environment for employees and visitors, including persons with disabilities, and the public, that is free from violence, threats, harassment, and intimidation. SCHOOL AREA PEDESTRIAN SAFETY This manual represents the basis for the Caltrans Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) as required by State law contained in Division 5 of the Labor Code and Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, as codified in Section 3203 of the General Industry Safety Orders (GISO). The policies, procedures, and work practices discussed in this manual are based on safety and health standards found in Labor Code require- ments, Cal-OSHA regulations, Uniform Building Code standards, State Administrative Manual (SAM) guidelines, and/or related law, rule, or policy. Traffic accidents involving pedestrians are of serious concern to Traffic Engineers. This traffic issue arouses significant emotion and public indignation when the pedestrians are school-age children. Parents and civic leaders are persistent in their demands for more signs, markings and signals in and around school areas and other locations which attract children. Accident statistics indicate that children are more often involved in non- school related accidents. This may be indicative that the standard treatments prescribed for traffic control around school facilities are effective. Following uniform standards and safety provisions is a contributing factor to reducing the risk of pedestrian accidents. The standards and the guidelines presented herein relate to school pedestrians, in grades Kindergarten through 12. They are presented separately from the general application and design of traffic control devices because of the special nature of the school pedestrian. This is Chapter 10 of the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Traffic manual. It is also published separately for easy reference. SEISMIC DESIGN REFERENCES Out of Stock The following excerpts are taken from various technical manuals currently (3/97) in use in the Engineering Service Center. They have been compiled to bring together most of the requirements and details for seismic design in one booklet. Readers should be cautioned that much of this material is updated from time to time and should consult the latest versions of the manuals for up to date information. SEISMIC WORKSHOP 2nd ANNUAL held Mar 16-18, 1993 SEISMIC WORKSHOP 5th ANNUAL held June 16-18, 1998 The proceedings provide extended abstracts and short papers summarizing the activities and results of the on-going seismic research program. In most cases, the research is well underway and significant findings are reported in each workshop. In some instances, however, the research is not far along and therefore only preliminary results and conclusions are included in the proceedings. The authors of the articles are by Caltrans, universities and consultants. SF-80 BAYSHORE VIADUCT SEISMIC RETROFIC PROJECTS:
REPORT ON CONSTRUCTION MONITORING, GEOARCHAEOLOGY,
AND TECHNICAL AND INTERPERATIVE STUDIES FOR HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY This volume reports archaeological investigations conducted in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco in connection with seismic retrofitting of I-80. The report considers in detail seven historic features determined significant and subject to data recovery under State historical resources evaluation criteria. Geoarchaeological investigations were also undertaken to help refine understandings of earlier prehistoric use of the region, although no prehistoric resources were encountered. The significant historic features were associated with the activities of several Irish and German families during the 1870s and 1880s. The character of life in this San Francisco neighborhood is analyzed and interpreted in rich detail, with the results also compared to findings from West Oakland (see I-880 Cypress Replacement Project, Block Technical Reports, Putting the “There” There: Historical Archaeologies of West Oakland, and Sights and Sounds: Essays in Celebration of West Oakland also available from this outlet). SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: ESSAYS IN CELEBRATION OF WEST OAKLAND The 12 Essays in this volume draw upon extensive historical archaeological research conducted for the Cypress Freeway Replacement Project in West Oakland. They weave together oral history, achieval research, preliminary archaeological findings, and investigations of architectuve to achieve a rich, personalized history of that community. Six research topics aroused particular interest among local community members and were explored by scholarly researchers from a range of disciplines. These topics include: (1) Pullman porters and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; (2) oral histories of West Oakland's various ethnic communities; (3) Sunshine Corner and the domestic-reform movement; (4) lodging houses and hotels; (5) occupational lore; and (6) the built environment. Other significant research topics also came to light as the research progressed, and those topics are explored in several of the essays. Collectively, the essays in this volume reveal how diverse sources of information can be brought together in a way that enriches and deepens insights regarding community history. SIGNAL & LIGHTING DESIGN This Design Guide describes typical practices for new or modified Traffic Control Systems, Lighting and Sign Illumination installations statewide. The Guide is a supplement to Caltrans' Traffic Manual, Standard Plans, Standard Specifications, Standard Special Provisions, and other current design policies. Deviations are allowed based on informed engineering decisions. SIMPLE PROJECTS GUIDEBOOK 2009 SINGLE TRIP PILOT CAR MAPS Transportation Permit Single Trip Pilot Car Maps are the maps used to determine pilot car requirements for single trip transportation permits. They come in a set of 12 - one for each District. Also included is a "Red Route Summary Table" which describes special descriptions for "red routes" SOIL CONDITIONS, MYCORRIHIZAL INFECTION REVEGETATION OF DECOMPOSED SLOPES This project surveys soil chemical, microbiological and mineralogical conditions influencing plant growth on distributed decomposed granite materials. The project compares soil conditions of native vegetated soils and adjacent, poorly vegetated cut and fill slopes. It identifies several potential growth limiting conditions, including low nitrogen availability, low endomycorrhizal infection, potential phosphorus deficiency, differential plant response of annual and perennial grasses to solution nitrogen concentration, and poor soil physcial condition. Many of these charecteristics are related to the decomposed granite mineralogy and to a low inherent soil organic matter content. Supplemental P did not increase plant growth or change mycorrhizal infection at the amendment rates used. Mycorrhizal fungal inoculum from established but sparsely vegetated spoils provided a viable, site adaption inoculum. Soil solution nitrogen concentrations of less than 100 uM support growth of a perennial grass while restraining growth of an annual grass. This result can be used to guide development of slow release N amendments for preferential establishment of perennials. Mineralogical analysis of the DG (saprolite) indicates that as the rock matrix weathers, silt and clay contents increase but the CEC and nutrient cation contents decrease. Precipitation of low charge clays at particle surfaces, contributes to the poor physical structure of DG materials. SPANNING THE CARQUINEZ STRAIT Spanning the Carquinez Strait is a 104 page book of color photographs with accompanying text documenting the construction of the New Carquinez suspension bridge. The bridge has officially been named the "Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge" and is part Interstate 80 between Crockett and Vallejo. Construction began in January 2000 and the bridge was opened to traffic on November 10, 2003. S R I REPORTS SRI Internatiional (SRI) and supporting consultancies were selected to evaluate the organization and management structure of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as directed in Senate Concurrent Resolution Number 72 (SCR72). The evaluation wasundertaken between May & December 1993. This report presents the results of our management audit of Caltrans organizational structure and practices and recommends specific actions to improve the departments efficiency and effectiveness. STANDARD PLANS METRIC 1999 (Direct Internet Link) The Standard Plans are those standard drawings which are printed in book form for use as a contract document. These standards are published to avoid repetition of design and detailing. The Standard Plans show dimensions, character, and details of work to be performed. The Standard Plans supplement the project plans. STANDARD PLANS ENGLISH/METRIC 2002 Direct Internet Link STANDARD PLANS METRIC 2004 (Direct Internet Link> STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS METRIC 1999 (Direct Internet Link) STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS ENGLISH 1992 (Direct Internet Link) The Standard Specifications are those standard specifications which are printed in book form for use as a contract document. The Standard Specifications, as supplemented by the project's special provisions contain the project's directions, provisions, and requirements for completion of the contract work involved. STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS ENGLISH/METRIC 2002 Direct Internet Link STANDARDS ON CD-1999 STANDARD PLANS, STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS, AND SPECIAL PROVISIONS 1999 Metric Standard Plans in PDF file format. Files current as of July 1, 1999. 1999 Metric Standard Specifications in Microsoft Word 97/98 file format and PDF file format. Files current as of July 1, 1999. 1999 Metric Standard Special Provisions (SSPs) in Microsoft Word 97/98 file format. files current as of February 16, 2000. STATUTES RELATING TO CALTRANS 1999 This book does not contain all of the laws applicable to the Department of Transportation. Rather, it is a collection of the most relied-upon provisions of transportation law. This selectivity is compelled by the need to keep the size annd cost of this volume within manageable proportions. This edition includes changes in the law made through the 1995 portion of the 1995-96 Regular and First and Second Extraordinary Sessions of the Legislature. STORM WATER QUALITY HANDBOOK These manuals are an updated version of the "Construction Contractor's Guide and Specifications" dated August 1997. The content of the "Construction Contractor's Guide and Specifications" has been separated into two new manuals: The Construction Site Best Management Practices (BMPs) Manual” and the “Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and Water Pollution Control Program (WPCP) Preparation Manual”. CONSTRUCTION SITE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES (BMPs) MANUAL NOVEMBER, 2000 This manual provides instructions for the selection and implementation of construction site BMPs. Caltrans requires contractors to identify and utilize these BMPs in the preparation of their Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) or Water Pollution Control Program (WPCP). CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS & SPECIFICATIONS. The Construction Contractor's Guide and Specifications is a resource for construction contractors that focuses on the preparation and implementation of Water Pollution Control Programs (WPCP's) and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP's) as required by the Special Provisions. The handbook provides:
T TELECOMMINICATIONS (WIRELESS GUIDE) TMC STANDARDIZATION PLAN The Transportation Management Center (TMC) Standardization Plan captures the process and procedures by which Caltrans can achieve interoperability amongst TMCs and field elements, thereby enabling the specification of a standard system design for all aspects of the Transportation Management System. TOPSOIL REAPPLICATION (On Revegetation Reestablishment) This book contains information on "Topsoils harvested, stockpiled and reapplied". Topsoil reapplication improved plant growth by 250%, stockpiled topsoil showed no decrease in nutrient content, by infection or microbial biomass, compared to fesh topsoil. Topsoil stockpiling and reapplication are strongly recommended. TRAFFIC MANUAL METRIC (Direct Internet Link) Beginning May 20, 2004, the MUTCD 2003 Edition and the MUTCD 2003 California Supplement supersede and replace all the traffic control device topics (Chapters 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12 and the traffic signals portion of chapter 9) in the 1996 Caltrans Traffic Manual, as amended, and all previous editions thereof. The MUTCD 2003 and the MUTCD 2003 California supplement are available on the Internet at the following web sites: http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/signtech/mutcdsupp TRAFFIC SIGN SPECIFICATIONS Provide the dimensions and layouts for the manufacture of traffic signs approved by Caltrans. TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROL EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS The following equipment is described in the Traffic Signal Control Equipment Specifications: MODEL 170 CONTROLLER, 412c AND 414 PROGRAM MODULES, 200 SWITCH PACK MODULE, 208 AND 210 MONITOR UNITS, 222 TWO CHANNEL LOOP DETECTOR SENSOR UNIT, 224 FOUR CHANNEL LOOP DETECTOR SENSOR UNIT, MODEL 231 MAGNETIC DETECTOR SENSOR UNIT, 242 TWO CHANNEL DC ISOLATOR, 252 TWO CHANNEL AC ISOLATOR, 332 & 334 & 336 CABINETS, MODEL 400 MODEM, MODEL 402 SUPPORT ASSEMBLY. TRAFFIC VOLUMES - 1998 (Direct Internet Link) This booklet lists peak hours, peak monthly average daily traffic, and annual average daily traffic for all count locations on the California Highway System. It also gives a peak hour directional split at the back of the booklet and includes a California State Highway map. TRAFFIC VOLUMES - 1999 (Direct Internet Link) This booklet lists peak hours, peak monthly average daily traffic, and annual average daily traffic for all count locations on the California Highway System. It also gives a peak hour directional split at the back of the booklet and includes a California State Highway map. TRANSPORTATION ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS (TEES) (Link to METS/TTS/ Electrical Testing Branch) These are the technical specifications for traffic cabinets, controllers, assemblies and components used in traffic control equipment. TRANSPORTATION PERMITS MANUAL The purpose of this instructional manual is to provide uniform policy and procedures to Department personnel in the issuance of transportation permits for the movement of extralegal vehicles and/or loads over California state highways. For movement over city streets or county roads, permits must be obtained from those jurisdictions. This manual is consistent with the goals of protecting the public's investment in the transportation infrastructure and ensuring the safety of the traveling public. In order to provide a uniform statewide program, it is essential that all Districts comply fully with the guidelines in this Manual. The weight limitations and other restrictions are intended to protect the public's interests. However, an analysis of a specific vehicle or load may indicate that it is in the public's interest to deviate from or exceed these guidelines. Therefore, a procedure for appeals and variances is available. TRUCK NETWORKS ON CA STATE HIGHWAYS This map identifies the state highway routes on which defined trucks can operate and where there are operartional restrictions. Road signs identifying and/or providing additional information have been posted on terminal access routes, routes with kingpin to rear axle advisories, and routes with operational restrictions. TRUCK TRAFFIC DAILY AVERAGE 1998 (Direct Internet Link) OUT OF STOCK This booklet lists anuual average daily truck traffic for selected locations on the state highway system. It also breaks down total trucks by axle classification and gives these figures by number of trucks and percentages of trucks. Contact Sharyl Melo at (916) 654-4578 if there are any questions.
Go to MenuU UNIFORM SIGN CHARTS 8-1/2 X 11 1990 UNIFORM SIGN CHART This chart shows most of the standard Warning, Regulatory, Construction and Guide signs normally used on highways, roads and streets in California. It is available as an 8-1/2" x 11" fold-out booklet or in 4 separate 24" x 36" sheets (for wall mounting). For a complete listing of all the approved signs used in California and that may not appear on this chart, see Traffic Sign Specification. UNIFORM SIGN WALL CHARTS 24" X 36" 1990 UNIFORM WALL CHART SAME AS ABOVE. Go to MenuV Go to MenuW WATER-STABLE SOIL AGGREGATES FOR IMPROVED EROSION CONTROL REVEGETATION SUCCESS (GENERATION OF) This report summarizes the mechanism of water-stable soil aggregate formation and concludes that sustained plant growth is essential to maintain soil structure. Plant growth on degraded soil is usually limited by available nutrients. Placement of slowly available nutrients had a strong effect on sustainable plant growth.