California Department of Transportation

Local Bridge Seismic Safety Retrofit Program

Welcome to the Local Bridge Seismic Safety Retrofit Program Homepage!

The Local Bridge Seismic Safety Retrofit Program is a part of the statewide Seismic Safety Retrofit Program. This program was established by emergency legislation (SB 36X) enacted during an extraordinary legislative session after the October 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The purpose of this program is to provide funding assistance to local agencies for remedying structural seismic design deficiencies of public bridges on local streets and roads in California. At the time this program was created, there were about 12,000 publicly-owned local agency bridges in California. All these bridges were screened for risk of collapse during seismic events. Currently, there are 1235 bridges in the program at various stages of project development. The Director of Caltrans has set the Seismic Safety Retrofit Program as the top priority of the Department.The voters of the State of California passed Proposition 1B on November 7, 2006, which created a Local Bridge Seismic Retrofit Account. Upon appropriation by the Legislature, Prop 1B funds will be available to provide the 11.5 percent match for federal highway bridge funds. The Department of Transportation's (Department) request for authority to sub-allocate Local Bridge Seismic Retrofit Prop 1B funds was approved at the July 2007 California Transportation Commission (commission) meeting. There are 479 bridges in design phase being tracked through the Local Seismic Retrofit Bond Program. This website is designed to provide the local agencies, which are developing seismic retrofit projects, and the general public with information regarding program guidelines, candidate projects, and specific project information. You will also find links that will take you to other Caltrans and seismic related webpages.