Caltrans LTAP Center

Federal Aid Series

Course Descriptions:

Day 1: Getting Your Federal-Aid Project Started

This course is strongly recommended as a precursor for the other four days in this series.

This course provides an overview of key requirements and responsibilities to be carried out by local agencies using federal funds for project delivery.

Day 2: Federal Environmental Requirements for Local Agency Transportation Projects 'OFF' the State Highway System

This course focuses on the rules that must be followed to comply with requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Day 3: Procedures for Right-of-Way Acquisition

This course provides an overview of procedures that local agencies must follow to acquire real property for transportation projects, including recent changes in rules and critical tasks. Focus will be on the ROW and the Utility Facilities chapters of the LAPM.

Day 4: Federal-Aid Project Development:  Design to Construction

This course continues discussion of step-by-step procedures for project development and focuses on chapters 11, 12, and 15 of the LAPM, including how to balance increased local responsibilities with increased procedural flexibility.

Day 5: Federal Rules for Contract Administration and Project Completion

This course focuses on procedures to ensure accountability and regulatory compliance during the actual construction phase, including some discussion of the resident engineer's or inspector's responsibility to identify deviations from project specifications.

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