Utility Relocation Issues? Help is on the way!

We’ve had a number of concerns about Utility Relocations and Certifications over the past couple months, so I wanted to take an opportunity to fill you in on a timeline for potential upcoming changes.

Caltrans is currently working with FHWA to clarify the use of the Short Form (Exhibit 13-A in the LAPM), manhole cover adjustments, pull boxes, utility notifications, City/County-owned utility coordination, and other utility relocation issues.

We will be attending an internal webinar in mid-April that will present the agreements and understandings reached with FHWA, and may provide revised guidance and procedures on utility coordination.  As a follow up to the internal webinar, we will then set up a 1-day Utility Training class here in District 3 (Marysville) in May for our local agencies.  More info to come on the specifics for that training.

About John Hoole

John, as the District Local Assistance Engineer, is responsible for the administration of the Local Assistance Program in District 3, which covers local and regional agencies in eleven Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra Counties. He supervises a group of 10-12 Engineers and Planners who ensure delivery of State and Federal funds to the locals. His experience in the District includes Design, Project Management, and Programming, and prior to the District he worked as a Transportation Engineer with the Federal Highway Administration.

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