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





Emergency Relief Program

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The Emergency Relief (ER) Program is a special program from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for the repair and reconstruction of federal-aid highways and roads and trails on federal lands, which have suffered serious damage as a result of a natural disaster or catastrophic failures from an external cause.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) continues the ER program with some changes in requirements:

  • State must apply and provide a complete list of project sites and costs within two years of the event; cost may not exceed the cost to repair or reconstruct a comparable facility.
  • For emergency repairs, a 100 percent Federal share is allowed during the first 180 days following a disaster. MAP-21 allows the Secretary to extend the time period if access to damaged areas is limited.
  • Debris removal for major disasters declared under the Stafford Act will be funded by FEMA.
  • Maintenance and operation of additional ferryboats or transit is eligible as a temporary substitute service.

Current Event Proclamations

Bob Baca, ER Coordinator, Division of Local Assistancei

To report any difficulty experienced in accessing Caltrans programs, services or activities or any discriminations covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act or the Fair Employment and Housing Act, please contact us at (866)810-6346 Voice; 711 TTY; (916)324-0453 or email


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