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Government Code - GOV

TITLE 2. GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA [8000 - 22980]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )
  

DIVISION 3. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT [11000 - 15986]

  ( Division 3 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )
  

PART 5.3. CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION [14500 - 14558]

  ( Part 5.3 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1106. )
  

CHAPTER 2. Duties [14520 - 14534.1]
  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1106. )

  
14526.5.  

(a) Based on the asset management plan prepared and approved pursuant to Section 14526.4, the department shall prepare a state highway operation and protection program for the expenditure of transportation funds for major capital improvements that are necessary to preserve and protect the state highway system. Projects included in the program shall be limited to improvements relative to the maintenance, safety, operation, and rehabilitation of state highways and bridges that do not add a new traffic lane to the system.

(b) The program shall include projects that are expected to be advertised prior to July 1 of the year following submission of the program, but which have not yet been funded. The program shall include those projects for which construction is to begin within four fiscal years, starting July 1 of the year following the year the program is submitted.

(c) (1) The department, at a minimum, shall specify, for each project in the state highway operation and protection program, the capital and support budget, as applicable, for each of the following project phases:

(A) Project approval and environmental documents, support only.

(B) Plans, specifications, and estimates, support only.

(C) Rights-of-way.

(D) Construction.

(2) The department shall specify, for each project in the state highway operation and protection program, a projected delivery date for each of the following components:

(A) Project approval and environmental document completion.

(B) Plans, specifications, and estimates completion.

(C) Right-of-way certification.

(D) Start of construction.

(d) The department shall submit its proposed program to the commission not later than January 31 of each even-numbered year. Prior to submitting its proposed program, the department shall make a draft of its proposed program available to transportation planning agencies for review and comment and shall include the comments in its submittal to the commission. The department shall provide the commission with detailed information for all programmed projects on cost, scope, schedule, and performance metrics as determined by the commission.

(e) The commission shall review the proposed program relative to its overall adequacy, consistency with the asset management plan prepared and approved pursuant to Section 14526.4 and funding priorities established in Section 167 of the Streets and Highways Code, the level of annual funding needed to implement the program, and the impact of those expenditures on the state transportation improvement program. The commission shall adopt the program and submit it to the Legislature and the Governor not later than April 1 of each even-numbered year. The commission may decline to adopt the program if the commission determines that the program is not sufficiently consistent with the asset management plan prepared and approved pursuant to Section 14526.4.

(f) As part of the commission’s review of the program required pursuant to subdivision (a), the commission shall hold at least one hearing in northern California and one hearing in southern California regarding the proposed program.

(g) On or after July 1, 2017, to provide sufficient and transparent oversight of the department’s capital outlay support resources composed of both state staff and contractors, the commission shall be required to allocate the department’s capital outlay support resources by project phase, including preconstruction. Through this action, the commission will provide public transparency for the department’s budget estimates, increasing assurance that the annual budget forecast is reasonable. The commission shall develop guidelines, in consultation with the department, to implement this subdivision. Guidelines adopted by the commission to implement this subdivision shall be exempt from the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1).

(h) Beginning July 1, 2017, for a project that experiences increases in capital or support costs above the amounts in the commission’s allocation pursuant to subdivision (g), the commission shall establish a threshold for requiring a supplemental project allocation. The commission’s guidelines adopted pursuant to subdivision (g) shall also establish the threshold that the commission determines is necessary to ensure efficiency and may provide exceptions as necessary so that projects are not unnecessarily delayed.

(i) The department, for each project requiring a supplemental project allocation pursuant to subdivision (h), shall submit a request to the commission for its approval.

(j) Expenditures for these projects shall not be subject to Sections 188 and 188.8 of the Streets and Highways Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 5, Sec. 6. (SB 1) Effective April 28, 2017.)