Plans Preparation Manual (PPM)

Plans Preparation Manual - U.S. Customary Units (English)

The Plans Preparation Manual (PPM) establishes uniform standards and procedures to be used when preparing right of way maps, preliminary exhibits, and the development of project plans.  The PPM states and illustrates how Caltrans presents a project for bidding and construction. The PPM text portion describes what should be contained on each type of project plan sheet and explains the how and why of presenting this information.

The PPM Examples illustrate the design presentation standards on each type of project plan sheet and contain valuable informational/explanatory notes.

This manual and examples are only available on the Caltrans internet website and will be incrementally updated by section as needed to reflect current design presentation standards for all advertised projects on the State Highway System (SHS). Future updates to any section will supersede any section with an earlier date. All previous changes to the PPM are summarized in the PPM Errata.

MicroStation Is the Standard Drafting Software at Caltrans

The following 2014 Caltrans Memorandum mandates the use of MicroStation as the Caltrans standard drafting software:

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Table of Contents

Plans Preparation Manual (Chapters/Sections/Examples) Last Updated
PPM Foreword (PDF) 1/18/2018
PPM Table of Contents (PDF) 9/10/2018
Chapter 1: Introduction (PDF)
  • 1-1.1 Purpose
  • 1-1.2 Application of Plan Preparation Standards
  • 1-1.3 General Drawing Criteria
  • 1-1.4 Preparing Drawings
  • 1-1.5 Types of Engineering Drawings
  • 1-1.6 Use of Computer Aided Drafting and Design
  • 1-1.7 Electronic Data and Project Delivery Process
  • 1-1.8 Content and Development of Electronic Files
3/19/2018
Chapter 2: Project Plans
Section 2-1: Policies and Procedures for Preparing Project Plans (PDF)
  • 2-1.0 Application of Plan Preparation Standards
  • 2-1.1 Composition of Project Plans and General Preparation Procedures
    • Right of Way
    • Railroad Involvement
  • 2-1.2 Drafting Standards
  • 2-1.3 U.S. Customary Unit Standards
  • 2-1.4 Use of Standard Plans
  • 2-1.5 Plan Sheet Borders
  • 2-1.6 Electronically-Generated Plan Sheet Signatures and Project Development Names
  • 2-1.7 Project Identification Blocks and County Abbreviations
  • 2-1.8 Sheet Identification Codes, Sheet Names and Plan Order
  • 2-1.9 Project Plan Submittals
  • 2-1.10 Project Plan File Formats
9/10/2018
Section 2-2: Project Plan Sheet Specific Data and Examples
10/10/2014
2-2.2 Examples of Title Sheets 10/10/2014
2-2.3 Typical Cross Sections (PDF)
  • Checklist for Typical Cross Sections
11/4/2010

2-2.3 Examples of Typical Cross Sections

12/8/2017
2-2.4 Project Orientation (PDF)
  • Key Map and Line Index
  • Aerial Identification
  • Project Control
  • Monumentation
12/8/2016

2-2.4 Examples of Project Orientation

12/8/2016
2-2.5 Layouts, Profiles and Superelevation Diagrams
  • Checklist for Layout Sheet
  • Checklist for Profile
  • Checklist for Superelevation Diagram
9/10/2018

2-2.5 Examples of Layouts, Profiles and Superelevation Diagrams

5/4/2012

2-2.6 Construction Details (PDF)

8/30/2017

2.2.6 Examples of Construction Details

8/30/2017

2-2.7 Temporary Water Pollution Control (PDF)

9/10/2018

2-2.8 Erosion Control (PDF)

9/14/2016

2-2.8 Examples of Erosion Control

8/30/2017

2-2.9 Contour Grading Plans (PDF)

9/10/2018
2-2.10 Drainage Plans, Details, Profiles and Quantities(PDF)
  • Checklist for Drainage Plan Sheets
  • Checklist for Drainage Profile Sheets
9/10/2018

2-2.10 Examples of Drainage Sheets

9/17/2018
2-2.11 Subsurface Drains (PDF)
  • Edge Drains
  • Underdrains
  • Horizontal Drains
9/10/2018
2-2.12 Sanitary Sewer Plans, Profiles, Details, and Quantities(PDF) 9/10/2018
2-2.13 Utility Facilities (PDF)
  • Checklist for Utility Plan Sheets
11/16/2016
2-2.13 Examples of Utility Sheets 3/19/2018
2-2.14 Construction Area Signs (PDF) 9/10/2018
2-2.14 Examples of Construction Area Signs 3/19/2018
2-2.15 Motorist Information Plans, Details, and Quantities (PDF) 9/10/2018
2-2.15 Examples of Motorist Information Sheets 9/17/2018
2-2.16 Stage Construction, Traffic Handling, and Detour Construction Plans, Details and Quantities (PDF) 9/10/2018
2-2.17 Pavement Delineation Plans, Details, and Quantities (PDF) 9/10/2018
2-2.17 Examples of Pavement Delineation 9/17/2018
2-2.18 Sign Plans, Details, and Quantities (PDF) 9/10/2018
2-2.18 Examples of Sign Plans, Details, and Quantities 9/17/2018
2-2.19 Summary of Quantities (PDF) 9/10/2018
2-2.19 Examples of Quantity Sheets 9/17/2018
2-2.20 Retaining Wall Plans, Profiles, Details, and Quantities (PDF) 9/10/2018
2-2.21 Sound Wall Plans, Profiles, Details, and Quantities (PDF) 9/10/2018
2-2.22 Landscape, Irrigation, and Planting Plans, Details, and Quantities (PDF)
  • Checklist for Plan Sheets
  • Checklist for Irrigation Plan
  • Checklist for Planting Plan
  • Checklist for Irrigation Sprinkler Schedule
  • Checklist for Plant Legend
  • Checklist for Quantity Sheet
11/16/2016
2-2.22 Examples of Landscape/Irrigation/Planting Sheets 3/19/2018
2-2.23 Electrical Systems (PDF)
  • Checklist for Electrical Plan View Sheets
  • Checklist for Electrical Detail Plan Sheets
  • Checklist for Electrical Quantity Sheets
2/2/2017
2-2.23 Examples of Electrical Systems Sheets 7/21/2017
2-2.24 Structure Design (PDF) 1/1/2008

Section 2-3: Processing Plans After PS&E Submittal (PDF)

  • 2-3.1 Draft Contract Ready
  • 2-3.2 Project Ready-to-List (RTL) Certification
  • 2-3.3 As-Awarded
  • 2-3.4 Contract Change Order
  • 2-3.5 As-Builts (Roadway Plans)
  • 2-3.6 As-Builts (Structure Plans)
  • 2-3.7 Projects Not on State Highway
9/10/2018

Chapter 3: Preliminary Project Development Drawings

Section 3-1: Introduction (PDF)

  • 3-1.1 General
  • 3-1.2 Maps
  • 3-1.3 Photogrammetric Maps
7/31/2015

Section 3-2: Maps and Exhibits - Specific Data (PDF)

  • 3-2.1 General
  • 3-2.2 Strip Map
  • 3-2.3 Route Adoption Map
  • 3-2.4 Freeway/Controlled Access Highway Agreement Exhibit
  • 3-2.5 New Public Road Connection Location Map
  • 3-2.6 PUC Exhibits
7/3/2015

Section 3-2 Examples of Maps and Exhibits

7/31/2015

Chapter 4: Right Of Way Engineering Mapping

Section 4-1: General (PDF)

  • 4-1.1 Introduction
  • 4-1.2 General Standards
  • 4-1.3 General Mapping Guidelines
1/31/2008

Section 4-2: Cost Estimate Mapping (PDF)

  • 4-2.1 Use
  • 4-2.2 Map Requirements
1/31/2008

Section 4-3: Right of Way Hardship Map (PDF)

  • 4-3.1 Use
  • 4-3.2 Map Requirements
1/31/2008

Section 4-4: Right of Way Protection Map (PDF)

  • 4-4.1 Use
  • 4-4.2 Map Requirements
1/31/2008

Section 4-5: Right of Way Appraisal Map (PDF)

  • 4-5.1 Use
  • 4-5.2 Map Requirements
  • 4-5.3 Right of Way Appraisal Index Map
1/31/2008

4-5.3 Examples of Right of Way Mapping (PDF)

4/22/2008

Section 4-6: Federal Lands Application Map (PDF)

  • 4-6.1 Use
  • 4-6.2 Map Requirements
1/31/2008

Section 4-7: Map Application for State Sovereign Lands (PDF)

  • 4-7.1 Use
  • 4-7.2 Map Requirements
1/31/2008

Section 4-8: Resolution of Necessity Map (PDF)

  • 4-8.1 Use
  • 4-8.2 Index Map (Exhibit A)
  • 4-8.3 Detail Map (Exhibit B)
1/31/2008

Section 4-9: Court Exhibit Map (PDF)

  • 4-9.1 Map Requirements
1/31/2008

Section 4-10: Director's Deed Maps (PDF)

  • 4-10.1 Director's Deed Mapping
  • 4-10.2 Director's Deed Map (Public Sale)
  • 4-10.3 Director's Deed Map (Finding A and B)
  • 4-10.4 Director's Deed Map (Exchange)
  • 4-10.5 Director's Deed Map (Contract Obligation)
1/31/2008

Section 4-11: Transfer of Jurisdiction Map (PDF)

  • 4-11.1 Use
  • 4-11.2 Map Requirements
1/31/2008

Section 4-12: Right of Way Record Map (PDF)

  • 4-12.1 Use
  • 4-12.2 Map Requirements
  • 4-12.3 Record Map Index
1/31/2008

Example of Right of Way Record Map

01/31/2008

Section 4-13: Relinquishment Maps (PDF)

  • 4-13.1 Relinquishment Map (Superseded Highway or Legislative Deletion)
  • 4-13.2 Use
  • 4-13.3 Map Requirements (Superseded Highway or Legislative Deletion)
  • 4-13.4 Relinquishment Map (Collateral Facilities)
1/31/2008

Section 4-14: Vacation Map (PDF)

  • 4-14.1 Use
  • 4-14.2 Map Requirements
1/31/2008

Section 4-15: Freeway Lease Area Map (PDF)

  • 4-15.1 Use
  • 4-15.2 Map Requirements
1/31/2008

Section 4-16: Right of Way Map Files (PDF)

  • 4-16.1 General
  • 4-16.2 Updating Right of Way Map Originals to Conform to R/W Map Files
  • 4-16.3 Check List for Updating Right of Way Maps
1/31/2008

Appendix:

Appendix 4A: Abbreviations (PDF)

1/31/2008