The Division of Design provides policies, procedures, guidance, technical assistance, training and equipment needed to develop and maintain a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system.

The Design Program innovates design solutions by:

  • Ensuring the adoption of “Best Practices” and design information to promote safety, statewide consistency, efficiency and quality.
  • Assisting in the application of design standards and practices to facilitate the resolution of project development issues.
  • Providing technical support and design expertise on highway design issues related to motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.
  • Establishing flexibility in Caltrans highway design standards and procedures, especially in the context of urban environments and multi-modal design.
  • Providing technical support, training and guidance to District personnel for CADD roadway design software, drafting software, and engineering GIS applications.
  • Providing Capital Outlay Support staff with computers, laptops, monitors, printers, plotters and other necessary tools.
  • Providing and maintaining information technology servers and data storage to meet the needs of the Districts.

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Broadband Facility Program

Clean California Beautification Program

Complete Streets Program 

This policy establishes a requirement for all transportation projects funded or overseen by Caltrans - in locations with current and/or future pedestrian, bicycle, or transit needs—to provide comfortable, convenient, and connected complete streets facilities for people walking, biking, and taking transit or passenger rail.

Construction Contract Standards

Innovative Design & Delivery Methods

Landscape Architecture