California Department of Transportation

Buy America for Utility Service Providers

What's New

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  • Questions about Buy America guidelines as they apply to utility relocations?
  • Call the Caltrans hot line: (916) 653-8802 or email us at
  • Throughout January and early February of 2014, Caltrans will be hosting a series of outreach conference calls for local agencies, municipalities and utility service providers. The conference calls are provided as an opportunity for the target audience to ask questions about the newly adopted Buy America guidelines and for Caltrans to explain the guidelines in greater detail. Please visit the “Training & Outreach” tab, below, for scheduling, handouts and conference call information. Attendance is free


On October 1, 2012, federal law was amended through the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which made changes to the United States Code, Section 1518 that revised Title 23 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 635.410. In essence, any transportation project eligible for federal funding is now subject to federal “Buy America” provisions regardless of how each individual contract within the overall transportation project is funded.  Utility service providers and municipalities are the most impacted by this change. 

FHWA generally interprets that Buy America provisions will apply to most materials that are comprised of steel or iron (90% or greater by weight).

Caltrans, in conjunction with the California Division FHWA office, major state and national utility service providers, California local and regional public agencies and the California Transportation Commission all collaborated to develop useful guidelines for the implementation and monitoring of Buy America provisions as they apply to utility relocation efforts associated with transportation projects.  The guidelines were fully executed on December 4th and are now available for use.

If you are a member of a local transportation agency, city, county or utility service provider and would like more information, please contact us via email at

If you are a member of the media, please contact Mark Dinger at the Caltrans Public Affairs office at .


This page last updated January 14, 2013