California Department of Transportation

Local Technical Assistance Program

In 1982, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) created the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP).

LTAP is composed of a national network of centers – one in every state, Puerto Rico and regional centers serving tribal governments. The LTAP centers enable local counties, parishes, townships, cities and towns to improve their roads and bridges by supplying them with:

  • A variety of training programs
  • An information clearinghouse
  • New and existing technology updates
  • Personalized technical assistance
  • Newsletters

Through these core services, LTAP centers provide access to training and information that may not have otherwise been accessible. Centers are able to provide local road departments with:

  • Work force development services
  • Resources to enhance safety and security
  • Solutions to environmental, congestion, capacity and other issues
  • Technical publications
  • Training videos and materials (see web link below)

This FHWA program was originally established to encourage cost-effective improvements to roads and bridges owned and maintained by local governments. A basic level of federal-aid (matched by State funds) is available to fund these LTAP activities.

DRI provides additional funding to the LTAP as part of its partnership to provide tech transfer services to public agencies in California. Services include:

  • Developing and organizing training.
  • Organizing workshops and conferences.
  • Developing and distributing newsletters and reports.
  • Preparing training courses, users’ manuals, and on-site demonstrations.
  • Maintaining a strong network of technical expertise available to local governments.

To view the LTAP's Quarterly Report during the months of July thru September of 2006, please click here.

Report and Publication Distribution

The LTAP assists the DRI in dissemination of research reports as required per state and federal regulations, including submission of reports to the Transportation Research Information Service (TRIS). In addition, short summaries of reports or other publications, such as marketing brochures, are often prepared to assist in dissemination of key findings. The following provides a link to current research reports, project summaries, and archived research reports:

Tech Transfer Newsletter

The LTAP Tech Transfer newsletter features timely articles and practical information including reports on innovation, practical applications of research, and best practices relevant for today’s transportation professional. DRI often provides content for articles to be included in the newsletter. This newsletter is published quarterly and distributed to readers with funding under the LTAP, from the FHWA, Caltrans Division of
Local Assistance, and the DRI. The newsletter can be found at


Researchers are required to merit their findings to Caltrans at the conclusion if each major phase of their research. When a topic is known to be of particular interest, a workshop is often developed to present findings to a larger audience. DRI works with the LTAP to develop workshops. In addition, recent workshops have been developed in collaboration with the University Transportation Centers (UTC), and with the California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT).

Training Courses

DRI works with the LTAP to develop training courses covering specific topics of interest. DRI also refers Caltrans employees to a variety of other sources for training, including the many university programs available in the state, and the course offerings of the National Highway Institute.

Construction-Evaluated Experimental Feature Program

The purpose of the Construction –Evaluated Experimental Feature Program is to encourage highway agencies to evaluate new or innovative highway technology, or alternative standard technology, under actual construction and operating conditions by means of a program of experimental construction projects. Caltrans Division of Construction acts as a liaison with the FHWA in construction-evaluated projects on highway projects and technology application projects.

The following FHWA page provides information about this program:

Caltrans guidelines for the Construction – Evaluated Experimental Feature Program can be found at the following link: