New employee annoucement – Bob Baca


It is my pleasure to introduce to you our new Local Assistance Engineer, Bob Baca. Bob is from District 1 local assistance and has more than ten years of experience with local assistance projects. Starting immediately, Bob will be in charge of the Local Highway Bridge Program (HBP/HBRR), Seismic Retrofit within El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento & Yolo Counties. During the transition (and relocation) period from District 1 to District 3 for the next couple of weeks, Bob will be working on District 3 projects remotely from Eureka office. He can be reached at (707) 445-6397 and Starting Feb 3rd, he will start working at Marysville office. We will make sure the D3LA website has the latest contact information for you. Below is a brief introduction for Bob. Please join me in welcoming Bob Baca to District 3 Local Assistance team!

A native of Colorado, Bob grew up in Denver (a.k.a. Bronco football territory). Upon graduation from high school Bob went to college at Brigham Young University, taking a two year break to work as a volunteer for his church in Ecuador, South America. Upon returning to college he continued his studies and graduated with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. After a brief but intense job (85+ hour work weeks) as a Field Engineer with Adams and Smith, a steel erection firm, Bob earned enough money to attend graduate school at Colorado State University, while working part time, in various capacities, for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Receiving his M.S. from Colorado State University Bob took a position with the Caltrans Central Region Hydraulics Office in Fresno, where he worked on various sized projects (from small rehabilitation projects to large bypass projects) in various locations in the state, ranging from the cities of Amador to Los Angeles, and from the cities of Mojave to Santa Maria. After several years in Fresno Bob briefly worked a couple of years as a Consultant Engineer stationed in Denver, where his work included design of a moose crossing in Montana, roadway reconstructions in Colorado and California, and drainage design for the Light Rail system in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

Wishing to spend more time with his family, Bob returned to California to work as a Local Assistance Engineer in the Caltrans District 1 Office of Local Assistance. During that 10 year period, in addition to being a Local Assistance Engineer, Bob took two years to complete brief rotation assignments as an assistant bridge inspector, office engineer, design engineer, traffic engineer, and materials lab engineer.

Bob and his wife Rebecca have 1 teenager, Emma, and two young children, Rachel and Bobby. His hobbies include barbequing, car repair, gardening, genealogy and chasing his kids around the house.

Stella Liao
District 3 Office of Local Assistance
California Department of Transportation
Tel: (530) 741- 5450
Cell: (530) 682-2984

3 thoughts on “New employee annoucement – Bob Baca

  1. Congrats to dust 3 and Bob. I have worked withhim on the ER program. And he is an asset to any office he works for

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