DAVID GIONGCO Caltrans Local Assistance Engineer

Local Safety Training Opportunities

Caltrans Division of Local Assistance (DLA) expects the next Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Call-for-Projects (Cycle 6) would be announced in late March or April of 2013. The total federal funding available is expected to be between $100 million and $150 million. Caltrans DLA will be looking to fund multiple applications from each agency. For more details and updates on this call, please go to the Local – HSIP website .
To compete effectively and provide the greatest opportunity to improving the safety of the local road networks, it is essential for local agencies to start preparing for this upcoming HSIP Cycle 6 Call-for-Projects. Local agencies should start analyzing their roadway networks now to identify their safety needs and possible project candidates. To assist local agencies efforts, Caltrans and its partners are hosting webinars and workshops to help agencies be better prepared in competing for the federal HSIP funds. Here’s a summary of the training announcements that have been posted on the blog recently:

1) A statewide local safety training webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, from 10 AM PST to 12 PM PST. The focus of this webinar is on the actions agencies should take in preparation for the upcoming call. All agencies are encouraged to attend this free webinar. Registration for this free webinar will end on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5 PM. For more information on this webinar and to register, please go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/HSIP/prepare4nextcall.html.

2) On Wednesday, March 6, 2013, from 2 PM PST to 4PM PST, Caltrans DLA will hold a local safety workshop which will focus on small and rural agencies. All small and rural agencies are encouraged to attend this free workshop. By the end of February, more information on this workshop will be available on the following website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/HSIP/prepare4nextcall.html. In addition, the need and focus of this statewide workshop will be discussed during the February 19th webinar.

3) On Monday, March 11, 2013, from 10 AM PST to 12PM PST, a statewide webinar will be held to focus on how Safe Routes To School (SRTS) projects are eligible within the HSIP Cycle 6 Call for Projects. This webinar will be hosted by the SRTS Technical Assistance Resource Center and presented by Caltrans Division of Local Assistance. Local agencies and SRTS stakeholders are encouraged to attend. Registration information will be forthcoming at http://www.casaferoutestoschool.org/ and the Caltrans SRTS website at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/saferoutes/saferoutes.htm.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the upcoming training, contact Richard Ke at (916) 653-4727 or richard.ke@dot.ca.gov.