California Department of Transportation

Local Assistance

The Division of Local Assistance administers State and Federal funding to local agencies in California. We assist agencies in maximizing their financial reimbursement for transportation projects. A vital part of maximizing reimbursement is maintaining compliance with State and Federal regulations.

District 1 Local Assistance staff:

  • Suzi Theiss, Senior Transportation Engineer & District Local Assistance Engineer (DLAE) (707) 445-6399, cell (707) 272-2157 TTY 711
  • Mark E. Mueller, Transportation Engineer, (707) 441-3977, TTY 711
  • Russell Hansen, Transportation Engineer, (707) 445-6333, TTY 711
  • Rachel Barry, Transportation Engineer, (707) 441-3981, TTY 711
  • Vacant, Associate Transportation Planner, 445-6397, TTY 711
  • Julie East, Senior Environmental Planner, (707) 445-6410, TTY 711 (acting assignment for Brandon Larsen)
  • Jenna Larson, Associate Environmental Planner (Generalist for Humboldt and Del Norte regions), (707) 441-4566, TTY 711 (on leave)
  • Vincent Heim, Associate Environmental Planner (Generalist for Lake and Mendocino regions), (707) 441-4548, TTY 711
  • Christa Unger, Environmental Planner (Natural Resources), (707) 441-5604, TTY 711
  • Darrell Cardiff, Associate Environmental Planner (Archaeologist), (707) 445-5335, TTY 711
  • Natalie Morris, Associate Right of Way Agent, (707) 441-4645, TTY 711

Funding is available for the following project types:

Caltrans SB 1 Programs

Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program (HBRR): Replacement of structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges on any public road, rehabilitation of bridges, replacement of low water crossings, bridge painting and rail replacement.

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) & High Risk Rural Roads Program (HR3)

: HSIP funds are eligible for work on any publicly-owned roadway or bicycle/pedestrian pathway or trail that expeditiously corrects or improves the safety for its users. HR3 funds cover safety projects for rural roads.

Emergency Relief Program (ER): In a declared disaster, for repair of serious damage to Federal-aid highways resulting from catastrophic failure or natural disaster.

Active Transportation Program (ATP): The ATP consolidates existing federal and state transportation programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA), and State Safe Routes to School (SR2S), into a single program with a focus to make California a national leader in active transportation.

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM): Now administered by the California Natural Resources Agency.

Agencies that have received transportation funding through the District 1 Office of Local Assistance include:

Del Norte County
City of Crescent City
Humboldt County
City of Arcata
City of Blue Lake
City of Eureka
City of Ferndale
City of Fortuna
City of Rio Dell
City of Trinidad
Lake County
City of Clearlake
City of Lakeport
Mendocino County
City of Fort Bragg
City of Point Arena
City Ukiah
City of Willits
Redwood National and State Parks
California Dept of Parks and Recreation
Willow Creek Community Services District
California Coastal Conservancy
Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District

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