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Plans Preparation Manual

Plans Preparation Manual - U.S. Customary Units (English)

The PPM is currently being updated. These changes reflect the current Design Presentation Standards for all advertised projects on the State Highway System (SHS).

As the text sections and 11x17 Examples are completed, they will be posted to the Web for downloading. The text portion of the PPM attempts to explain the how and why of presenting infomation on any given project plan sheet. The examples will mainly focus on the Design Presentation of the project plan sheets but will also have informational/explanatory notes clarifying Caltrans standards.

Memorandum from Timothy Craggs concerning the status of MicroStation at Caltrans:
"MicroStation, Caltrans Standard Drafting Software", 09/19/2014

For any questions or comments about the Plans Preparation Manual contact: Subu Nujella

The first English version was posted on January 2008. If updated, the section will reflect a newer date. Future updates to any section will be handled only on this website and will supersede any section with an earlier date.

ERRATA - This document summarizes all previous changes to the text portion of the Plans Preparation Manual. It is a cumulative document with the last update listed first.

A List of Examples by Month is available and lists the release dates of all examples posted since 2008. It also has a link to the compiled examples for easier downloading.

Plans Preparation Manual, last updated February 2017
Chapter Name Contents Examples
PDF of All Text Sections PDF of All Examples
Foreword, last updated 02/01/17
Table of Contents, last updated 05/01/15
Chapter 1: Introduction of the Plans Preparation Manual
Section 1-1: General,
updated 07/30/14
  • Section 1-1.1 Purpose
  • Section 1-1.2 Application of Plan Preparation Standards
  • Section 1-1.3 General Drawing Criteria
  • Section 1-1.4 Preparing Drawings
  • Section 1-1.5 Types of Engineering Drawings
  • Section 1-1.6 Use of Computer Aided Drafting and Design
  • Section 1-1.7 Electronic Data and Project Delivery Process
  • Section 1-1.8 Content and Development of Electronic Files
Chapter 2: Project Plans
Section 2-1: Policies and Procedures for Preparing Project Plans,
updated 10/10/14
  • Section 2-1.0 Application of Plan Preparation Standards
  • Section 2-1.1 Composition of Project Plans and General Preparation Procedures
    • Right of Way
    • Railroad Involvement
  • Section 2-1.2 Drafting Standards
  • Section 2-1.3 U.S. Customary Unit Standards
  • Section 2-1.4 Use of Standard Plans
  • Section 2-1.5 Plan Sheet Borders
  • Section 2-1.6 Electronically-Generated Plan Sheet Signatures and Project Development Names
  • Section 2-1.7 Project Identification Blocks and County Abbreviations
  • Section 2-1.8 Sheet Identification Codes, Sheet Names and Plan Order
  • Section 2-1.9 Project Plan Submittals
  • Section 2-1.10 Project Plan File Formats
Section 2-2: Project Plan Sheet Specific Data Examples
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Section 2-3: Processing Plans After PS&E Submittal
  • Section 2-3.1 Draft Contract Ready
  • Section 2-3.2 Project Ready-to-list (RTL) Certification
  • Section 2-3.3 As-Awarded
  • Section 2-3.4 Contract Change Order
  • Section 2-3.5 As-Builts (Roadway)
  • Section 2-3.6 As-Builts (Structures)
  • Section 2-3.7 Projects Not On State Highway
Chapter 3: Preliminary Project Development Drawings, updated 07/31/15
Section 3-1: Introduction
  • Section 3-1.1 General
  • Section 3-1.2 Maps
  • Section 3-1.3 Photogrammetric Maps
Section 3-2: Maps and Exhibits - Specific Data
  • Section 3-2.1 General
  • Section 3-2.2 Strip Map
  • Section 3-2.3 Route Adoption Map
  • Section 3-2.4 Freeway/Controlled Access Highway Agreement Exhibit
  • Section 3-2.5 New Public Road Connection Location Map
  • Section 3-2.6 PUC Exhibits
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Chapter 4: Right of Way Engineering Mapping
Section 4-1: General
  • Section 4-1.1 Introduction
  • Section 4-1.2 General Standards
  • Section 4-1.3 General Mapping Guidelines
Section 4-2: Cost Estimate Mapping
  • Section 4-2.1 Use
  • Section 4-2.2 Map Requirements
  • Section 4-2.3 Cost Estimate Mapping
Section 4-3: Right of Way Hardship Map
  • Section 4-3.1 Use
  • Section 4-3.2 Map Requirements
  • Section 4-3.3 Right of Way Hardship Map
Section 4-4: Right of Way Protection Map
  • Section 4-4.1 Use
  • Section 4-4.2 Map Requirements
  • Section 4-4.3 Right of Way Protection Map
Section 4-5: Right of Way Appraisal Map,
updated 07/31/15
  • Section 4-5.1 Use
  • Section 4-5.2 Map Requirements
  • Section 4-5.3 Right of Way Hardship Map
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Section 4-6: Federal Lands Application Map
  • Section 4-6.1 Use
  • Section 4-6.2 Map Requirements
  • Section 4-6.3 Federal Lands Application Map
Section 4-7: Map Application for State Sovereign Lands
  • Section 4-7.1 Use
  • Section 4-7.2 Map Requirements
  • Section 4-7.3 Map Application for State Sovereign Lands
Section 4-8: Resolution of Necessity Map
  • Section 4-8.1 Use
  • Section 4-8.2 Index Map (Exhibit A)
  • Section 4-8.3 Detail Map (Exhibit B)
  • Section 4-8.4 Resolution of Necessity Map
Section 4-9: Court Exhibit Map
  • Section 4-9.1 Map Requirements
  • Section 4-9.2 Court Exhibit Map
Section 4-10: Director's Deed Maps
  • Section 4-10.1 Director's Deed Mapping
  • Section 4-10.2 Director's Deed Map (Public Sale)
  • Section 4-10.3 Director's Deed Map (Finding A and B)
  • Section 4-10.4 Director's Deed Map (Exchange)
  • Section 4-10.5 Director's Deed Map (Contract Obligation)
  • Section 4-10.6 Director's Deed Maps
Section 4-11: Transfer of Jurisdiction Map
  • Section 4-11.1 Use
  • Section 4-11.2 Map Requirements
  • Section 4-11.3 Transfer of Jurisdiction Map
Section 4-12: Right of Way Record Map
  • Section 4-12.1 Use
  • Section 4-12.2 Map Requirements
  • Section 4-12.3 Record Map Index
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Section 4-13: Relinquishment Maps
  • Section 4-13.1 Relinquishment Map (Superseded Highway or Legislative Deletion)
  • Section 4-13.2 Use
  • Section 4-13.3 Map Requirements (Superseded Highway or Legislative Deletion)
  • Section 4-13.4 Relingquishment Map (Collateral Facilities)
  • Section 4-13.5 Relinquishment Maps
Section 4-14: Vacation Map
  • Section 4-14.1 Use
  • Section 4-14.2 Map Requirements
  • Section 4-14.3 Vacation Map
Section 4-15: Freeway Lease Area Map
  • Section 4-15.1 Use
  • Section 4-15.2 Map Requirements
  • Section 4-15.3 Freeway Lease Area Map
Section 4-16: Right of Way Map Files
  • Section 4-16.1 General
  • Section 4-16.2 Updating Right of Way Map Originals to Conform to R/W Map Files
  • Section 4-16.3 Map Requirements (Superseded Highway or Legislative Deletion)
  • Section 4-16.4 Check List for updating Right of Way Maps
Appendix 4A
  • Abbreviations

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