Manuals for Landscape Architects

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Caltrans Manuals for Landscape Architects
Landscape Architecture Manuals

Good design requires addressing and balancing a variety of competing goals.

Landscape Architects provide design services that help integrate a transportation facility within its setting, creating a visually pleasing travel experience for all who live, work, and travel in California. As part of the Project Development Team (PDT) Landscape Architects play a vital role in developing a multi-modal transportation network that coexists harmoniously with the natural and built environment.

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Manuals for Landscape Architects

Select the focus areas below provide links to the technical information necessary to develop well rounded projects.


Planning Manuals

Project Development Procedures Manual

The Project Development Procedures Manual (PDPM) provides the functional framework of policies and procedures for the structured task, sub-task approach described in the Project Development Workflow Tasks Manual.

Storm Water Project Planning and Design Guide

The Storm Water Project Planning and Design Guide (PPDG) describes the process for Caltrans staff to incorporate the BMPs from the SWMP into the planning and design phases of a project.

Standard Environmental Reference

The Standard Environmental Reference (SER) is an on-line resource to help state and local agency staff plan, prepare, submit, and evaluate environmental documents for transportation projects.

Design Manuals

Highway Design Manual

The Highway Design Manual (HDM) establishes uniform policies and procedures to carry out the State highway design functions of the Department.

Plans Preparation Manual

The Plans Preparation Manual (PPM) establishes uniform standards and procedures to be used when preparing right of way maps, preliminary exhibits and the development of project plans. 

CADD Users Manual

The CADD Users Manual establishes uniform policies and procedures to assist Planning, Design and Drafting in the handling of electronic files and information for the Departments project delivery process.

Construction Contract Development Guide

The Construction Contract Development (CCD) Guide is published by the Division of Engineering Services-Office Engineer (DES-OE) to establish uniform procedures, define responsibilities, and provide guidance for preparing construction contract documents.

Construction Manuals

Construction Manual

The Construction Manual contains policies and procedures related to the duties of Caltrans Division of Construction personnel, is for information only, and is intended as a resource for personnel engaged in contract administration.

Maintenance Manuals

Maintenance Manual

The Maintenance Manual is to present general practice and procedures that when followed, will provide for a uniform approach to maintaining the State highway system.

Volume 1 describes the Caltrans Maintenance Program and the methods and procedures it uses.

Volume 2 describes the Caltrans Integrated Maintenance Management System (IMMS) used to record, report and monitor maintenance work planned and performed

Encroachment Permits Manual

The Encroachment Permits Manual describes Departmental policy, revisions and legislative actions that affect the encroachment permit process.