California Department of Transportation

Project Development Workflow Tasks (PDWT)

Part 3 - Identify Project Need and Project Initiation Document

II. Project Initiation Document

C. Draft Agreements (WBS 205.) - Obtain Maintenance Agreement (WBS 205.30)

P61. Request Preliminary Maintenance Agreement

Maintenance Agreements (MA’s) address any of the following situations:

  • The maintenance of State highway facilities that are in areas within the jurisdiction of a local agency
  • Local agencies conducting maintenance activities within State right of way
  • Sharing utility costs of traffic operational equipment.

The need for a new or amended MA is typically triggered during the PID for a project adding new structures or significantly altering existing ones such as soundwalls, traffic signals, lighting, or landscaping of interchanges. Incorporation of a new city or the annexation of a new area by a city may also prompt the need for a new or amended MA.

Examples of when a Maintenance Agreement is used:

  • New Routes.
  • Soundwalls abutting or within local City/County right of way.
  • Structures for City/County road crossings.
  • Interchanges with landscaping within City/County right of way.
  • New traffic signals and lighting serving the State highway and local City/County road.
  • Retrofitting signals with LED modules
  • Park & Ride
  • Roadside Rest Areas

If it is determined that a MA is likely necessary, the project engineer should contact the District Maintenance Agreement Coordinator. Depending on the District, the MA Coordinator may prepare a preliminary MA or may direct the project engineer to prepare the preliminary MA using standardized formats.

There are four types of Maintenance Agreements:

  • Freeway Maintenance Agreement (FMA)
  • Electrical Maintenance Agreement and Light Emitting Diode (LED) Amendment
  • Delegated Maintenance Agreement
  • Work for Others Agreement.


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This page last updated November 20, 2010