The Pavement Program's mission is to improve pavement quality across California.  Under the direction of the State Pavement Engineer, the Pavement Program is responsible for:

  • Pavement management, engineering, policy, and specification development
  • Partnering with districts to identify and program pavement projects
  • Partner with industry on the development of new specifications and test methods through the Pavement and Materials Partnering Committee (PMPC)

The Pavement Program consists of four offices:

Office of Asphalt Pavements develops tools, design standards, standard specifications, standard plans, guidance, and investigations for asphalt pavement.

Office of Concrete Pavements develops tools, design standards, standard specifications, standard plans, guidance, and investigations for concrete pavement.

Office of Pavement Management monitors the performance and estimates future condition of all pavements in the State highway system. 

Office of Pavement Programming assists districts with planning, prioritizing and programming Pavement projects in SHOPP & Highway Maintenance programs.


A Nonstandard Special Provision (nSSP) is a Standard Special Provision (SSP) that is modified beyond what is allowed in the instructions or a special provision that is not covered in the list of DES Office Engineer (DES-OE) approved standard special provisions (SSPs).  Any pavement related nSSP MUST be approved by the State Pavement Engineer through the Office of Asphalt Pavement or Office of Concrete Pavements.

PaveM utilizes pavement history, current pavement condition, ongoing projects, traffic, and climate data to predict future pavement conditions. It recommends potential pavement repair locations by optimizing management strategies within funding constraints.

The Pavement and Materials Partnering Committee (PMPC) provides leadership and commitment to working with the Industry and Federal Highway Administration to develop and improve Caltrans  specifications, test methods, and construction procedures for transportation facilities.

The PMPC improves construction contract standards by:

  1. Providing opportunity for Industry to bring forward issues and/or opportunities for improvement regarding current construction contract standards.
  2. Allowing a venue to provide input on proposed changes to existing construction contract standards.
  3. Exchanging information regarding new technology, materials, and upcoming initiatives.
  4. Providing transparency, stewardship, efficiency, and sustainability.

The California Department of Transportation's (Caltrans) Sustainability Pavement Ideas Repository aims to promote sustainability by sharing successful solutions for anyone. The purpose of this resource is to assist decision makers in tackling climate change and other sustainability-related issues- through pavement related activities. The aim is to facilitate the adoption of successful solutions, enabling them to act swiftly and efficiently.

This Sustainability Pavement Ideas Repository is a continuously evolving resource that reflects the progress and innovations of many bright and dedicated It details Caltrans' current and future actions to address pavement life cycle concerns.