California Department of Transportation

Project Development Procedures Manual (PDPM)

What is the Project Development Procedures Manual?

The Project Development Procedure Manual provides the framework of policies and procedures for developing State highway improvement projects.

How can I get a copy of the manual?

Printed copies of the Project Development Procedures Manual are not available. The most current version of the manual is available on this web page. The manual is continually and incrementally updated to reflect changes in policy and procedures. The current version date for each chapter and appendix is shown in the right column of the table of contents on this web page.

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How are manual changes noted?

When a chapter or appendix receives a comprehensive update, the date will be updated on all pages within the chapter or appendix to coincide with the date of the manual change transmittal. The locations of revisions are denoted by a vertical line within the outside margin of the manual.

New labels are added to the table of contents to indicate that the manual change has occurred in the last six months and a general description of the comprehensive update is included in the Manual Change section.

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Project Development Procedures Manual
Table of Contents

Description PDF version Version Date
PDPM Front Cover PDPM-Front-Cover  
PDPM Back Cover PDPM-Back-Cover  
Foreword PDPM-Foreword 01/09/09
PDPM Revision Request PDPM-Revision-Request 10/26/16
Table of Contents PDPM-Table-of-Contents 12/13/16
Part 1 - General Information (Chapters 1 through 7) Part-1
Introduction Chapter 1 07/01/99L
Roles and Responsibilities Chapter 2 02/12/16
Involvement of Caltrans Functional Units Chapter 3 12/18/15
Programming Chapter 4 07/01/99
PYPSCAN Deleted, see Guide to Project Delivery Workplan Standards
Project Cost, Scope, and Schedule Changes Chapter 6 12/15/07L
Uniform File System Chapter 7 12/15/07M
Part 2 - The Project Development Process (Chapters 8 through 15) Part-2
Overview of Project Development Chapter 8 02/12/16
Project Initiation Chapter 9 02/12/16
Formal Project Studies Chapter 10 03/20/14L
Public Hearing Chapter 11 12/17/08L
Project Approvals and Changes to Approved Projects Chapter 12 02/12/16
Project Related Permits, Licenses, Agreements, Certifications, and Approvals Chapter 13 09/23/16
Preparation of Project Plans Chapter 14 06/21/13L
Final Project Development Procedures Chapter 15 03/04/10M
Part 3 - Specific Project Development Procedures (Chapters 16 through 32) Part-3
Cooperative Agreements Chapter 16 07/09/14L
Encroachments and Utilities Chapter 17 12/13/16
Environmental Contamination Chapter 18 02/28/06L
Value Analysis Chapter 19 06/14/13M
Project Development Cost Estimates Chapter 20 10/09/14L
Exceptions to Design Standards Chapter 21 02/12/16
Community Involvement Chapter 22 07/01/99M
Route Adoptions Chapter 23 07/01/99L
Freeway Agreements Chapter 24 01/22/16
Relinquishments Chapter 25 12/12/14
Disposal of Rights-of-Way for Public or Private Road Connections Chapter 26 02/12/16
Access Control Modification Chapter 27 09/20/16
Resolutions of Necessity Chapter 28 12/15/07M
Landscape Architecture Chapter 29 05/03/16
Highway Traffic Noise Abatement Chapter 30 06/18/09L
Nonmotorized Transportation FacilitiesChapter 31 10/31/14
Lands and Buildings Facilities Chapter 32 09/02/08L
Appendices (A-X) Preparation Guidelines for Project Development Initiation and Approval Reports (There are instances where the template topics may not match the appendix; the templates relfect the current practice and take precedence over the appendix) ApdxAX
Description PDF version Template Appendix
Version Date
Appendices A-Q Preface pdpmpre1 NA 07/01/99
Project Study Report-Project Report Appendix A PSR-PR 04/29/13M
Expenditure Authorization Project Report Appendix B NA 07/01/99
Facility Project Study Report (Lands and Buildings) Appendix C FPSR 04/29/13M
Project Report (New Highway Planting or Roadside Rehabilitation) Appendix D PR 01/10/14M
Project Study Report Data Sheet (New Highway Planting) And Project Study Report Data Sheet (Highway Planting Restoration) Appendix E *See note 1 below 01/18/05M
Noise Barrier Scope Summary Report Deleted
Project Scope Summary Report (Roadway Rehabilitation) Appendix G PSSR 04/29/13M
Capital Preventive Maintenance Project Report Appendix H CAPM PR 03/20/14M
Permit Engineering Evaluation Report Appendix I PEER 07/09/07M
Project Information Report Deleted
Project Report Appendix K PR 09/23/16
Project Study Report Appendix L PSR
Project Report (Safety Roadside Rest Area) Appendix M *See note 1 below 01/18/05M
Damage Assessment Form Deleted, see Major Damage and Director's orders website for form
Project Scope Summary Report (Structure Rehabilitation) Appendix P PSSR 04/29/13M
Project Report (Roadside Safety Improvements) Appendix Q PR 01/10/14M
Small Capital Value Projects Project Initiation Document Appendix R SCVP PID 06/27/13M
Project Study Report-Project Development Support Project Initiation Document Appendix S PSR - PDS STIP
PSR - PDS Estimate
Bridge Maintenance Project Scope Summary Report Appendix T PSSR 06/27/13M
Project Study Report (Safety Roadside Rest Area) Appendix X *See note 1 below 09/02/08M
Appendices (BB-QQ) Project Development Forms and Letters plus Policy and Procedures Documents ApdxBBQQ
Cost Estimates Deleted, see Cost Estimating website for templates
Fact Sheets for Exceptions to Mandatory Design Standards Appendix BB Fact Sheet 02/12/16L
Freeway Agreement Appendix CC Freeway Agreement 01/22/16
Hazardous Waste Appendix DD apdx-dd.doc 07/01/99
Highway Planting “One Liner” and Design Intent Statement (DIS) Appendix EE apdx-ee.doc 01/18/05
Noise Abatement (See Appendix K)      
Project Data Checklists Appendix GG apdx-gg.docx 09/02/08M
Public Involvement Appendix HH apdx-hh.doc 03/14/07
Rescissions Appendix II apdx-ii.doc 07/01/99
Resolutions of Necessity Appendix JJ apdx-jj.doc 12/15/07
Structures Deleted
Utility Policy Certification and Utility Matrix Appendix LL Utility Policy Certification
Utility Matrix
Value Analysis Deleted, see Value Analysis website for forms
Record of FHWA Involvement Form Deleted
Life Cycle Cost Analysis for Pavements Deleted, see Life-Cycle Cost Analysis website for procedure
Preparation Guidelines for Survey File Appendix QQ Additional Instructions
Datum Listing
Proj Ref List 8x14
Project Ref List

* Note (1): The current report template can be obtained from the appropriate Landscape Architecture Program District Coordinator.

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This page last updated July 14, 2016