California Department of Transportation


State of California
Department of Transportation
Division of Local Assistance
P.O. Box 942874, MS-1
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001



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Forest Highways (FH)

FH 112/South Fork Smith River Road BridgeFH 169-1(1) Old Red Bluff Road

The Forest Highways (FH) Program  was established with the passage of the Federal Highway Act of 1921. Over the history of the program, each state containing National Forests has designated Forest Highways, under the direction of the Federal Land Division, that provide public access to National Forests and benefit the forest, states, and local communities . In California there are approximately 3, 000 miles of roadway designated as Forest Highways. The program provides funding to resurface, restore, rehabilitate, or reconstruct designated public roads that provide access to or are within a National Forest or Grassland. This is administered by the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Federals Lands Highway Office, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service (FS) and 41 State Departments of Transportation, in accordance with tri-agency agreements in each state. 

Funding is provided for the planning, design, construction, reconstruction, or improvement of designated Forest Highways—including bridges—that provide access to or are within a unit of the National Forest System. Funds can also be used to purchase transit vehicles and design, operate, and maintain public transit facilities on public lands. Additionally, funds can be used to pay for any transportation project authorized in Title 23. SAFETEA-LU added three new eligible activities for Forest Highway funds: Maintenance, Hunting and Fishing Access Signs, and Aquatic Organism Passage projects.

Statutory References

District Local Assistance Engineers
April Nitsos
, FLAP PDC, Caltrans Representative,

Division of Local Assistance, Office of Special and Discretionary Programs


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