California Department of Transportation District 1

Local Assistance

The Division of Local Assistance administers State and Federal funding to local agencies in California. We assist agencies in maximizing their financial reimbursement for transportation projects. A vital part of maximizing reimbursement is maintaining compliance with State and Federal regulations.

District 1 Local Assistance staff:

  • Suzi Theiss, Chief and District Local Assistance Engineer (DLAE), (707) 445-6399, TTY 711
  • Bob Baca, Local Assistance Engineer, Agencies within the Counties of Del Norte and Lake (707) 445-6397, TTY 711
  • Mark E. Mueller, Local Assistance Engineer, Agencies within the County of Mendocino (707) 441-3977, TTY 711
  • Jen Buck, Local Assistance Engineer, Agencies within the County of Humboldt, (707) 445-6333, TTY 711
  • Brett Gronemeyer, Local Assistance Engineer, currently on rotation to other offices
  • Brandon Larsen, Senior Environmental Planner, (707) 445-6410, TTY 711
  • Lisa Spellenberg, North Region Right of Way, (707) 445-6427, TTY 711
  • Matt Simmons, Staff Services Analyst, (707) 441-5868, TTY 711

Funding is available for the following project types:

Transportation Enhancements: Bicycle and pedestrian facilities/educational activities, acquisition of scenic easements, scenic beautification, rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities, preservation of abandoned railway corridor, removal of outdoor advertising, archaeological research, environmental mitigation for water pollution due to highway runoff, reduction of wildlife mortality, and transportation museums.

Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program (HBRR): Replacement of structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges on any public road, rehabilitation of bridges, replacement of low water crossings, bridge painting and rail replacement.

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP): HSIP funds are eligible for work on any publicly-owned roadway or bicycle/pedestrian pathway or trail that expeditiously corrects or improves the safety for its users.

High Risk Rural Roads Program (HR3): HR3 funds cover safety projects for rural roads.

California Safe Routes to School Program (SR2S) and Federal Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS): Project must correct a safety hazard or problem on a route that students use to school. Bicycle and pedestrian safety and traffic calming projects.

Emergency Relief Program (ER): In a declared disaster, for repair of serious damage to Federal-aid highways resulting from catastrophic failure or natural disaster.

High Priority or Demonstration Projects: Transportation projects specifically established by Congress as part of a transportation act.

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM): Projects that mitigate impacts of programmed transportation projects. Three specific categories of project types are eligible: highway landscape, resource land acquisition and restoration, and roadside recreational opportunities.

Bicycle Transportation Account: Projects that improve safety for bicycle commuters. Must have an adopted Bicycle Transportation Plan.

Agencies that have received transportation funding through the District 1 Office of Local Assistance include:

Del Norte County
City of Crescent City
Humboldt County
City of Arcata
City of Blue Lake
City of Eureka
City of Ferndale
City of Fortuna
City of Rio Dell
City of Trinidad
Lake County
City of Clearlake
City of Lakeport
Mendocino County
City of Fort Bragg
City of Point Arena
City Ukiah
City of Willits
Redwood National and State Parks
California Dept of Parks and Recreation
Willow Creek Community Services District
California Coastal Conservancy
Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District

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