Caltrans Encroachment Permit Process
Presentation will focus on overview of Caltrans encroachment permit (EP) process.
The following items will be discussed:
1. Various encroachment permits
2. Which department to contact within Caltrans to start the EP process.
3. Difference between permit review and oversight project review.
4. Major documents required to obtain EP in a timely fashion.
5. Brief overview of the encroachment exception request
6. Brief overview of the design standard decision document.
7. Frequently asked questions
Mr. Ajay Sehgal is currently Branch Chief in District 04 Encroachment Permits since 2016.
Mr. Sehgal started at Caltrans 31 years ago in 1988 when he worked on the Schulyer Heim vertical draw bridge in LA. It was recently replaced. In 1995, he worked on the seismic retrofit of the Presidio Viaduct in SF, southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. By the way this bridge has been replaced under the Doyle drive project. Then, in 1996 he continued to work in SF on the Eastern Approach to the Bay Bridge. Again, this bridge was replaced with new Bay Bridge. In 2008, he worked on the new Self-Anchored Suspension Bay Bridge. He went to China, and later to South Korea, on special assignments regarding the inspection of the shear keys and bearings of the Self-Anchored Suspension portion of the Bay Bridge.
Mr. Sehgal is responsible for East Bay region consisting of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
• Chairman of the Caltrans Falsework committee 2009-2015.
• He was Co-chair of the 2013 & 2019 International OBG Conference, CA.
• VP (Education) ASCE Capitol Branch 2011 thru 2014.
• Sept 2015 was the Key note speaker at the 4th OBG Conference in Tianjin, China.
• Co-chair 5th OBC in Santa Clara, California
Keeping Up - California’s Fastest Growing City
Recently the U.S. Census Bureau named Dublin as the fastest growing city in California by percent of population change between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. Also, since 2010, Dublin’s population has increased by over 37%. Dublin’s growth in the past decade, as well as changes in the Bay Area region, have required the Public Works Department to adapt to these changes, while striving to maintain a high level of service to the community. This presentation will provide an overview of the methods, programs, and tools the Dublin Public Works Department is using to keep up.
Presenter: Andy Russell, P.E., City of Dublin, Public Works Director
Andy Russell is a civil engineer with over twenty-two years of experience. After doing structural design for a few years in Tucson, Arizona, Andy started his municipal engineering career as a junior civil engineer with the City of Fremont. He recently became the City of Dublin’s Public Works Director, after being Dublin’s City Engineer for almost six years. He currently oversees a Public Works Department with an annual operating budget of $16 million, a 5-year Capital Improvement Program of $162 million, a staff of 18, and several contractors and staff augmentation consultants. Andy is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, and spends his spare time with his wife and three kids.
Presenter: Alameda County Transportation Commission
Deputy Executive Director of Projects
As Deputy Executive Director of Projects, Gary Huisingh is responsible for project delivery and oversight of Alameda County Transportation Commission’s (Alameda CTC) $3 billion capital program and programming of the various fund sources administered by the agency. He brings over 28 years of experience, from both local government and private sector, ranging from major transportation and residential development projects to maintenance and redevelopment projects. He has extensive experience in eminent domain proceedings having served as an expert witness on technical issues for public projects. Huisingh is a graduate of the University of California at Davis and is a registered professional engineer in California.
Update on key issues in Alameda County, SB1 and upcoming projects.
MARTIN BODEMAR, S.E.
Martin Bodemar has over 24 years of experience in Project Management and Structural Engineering. Martin works on a wide variety of structural projects with a special emphasis on unique bridge designs including concrete box girders, steel trusses, arch bridges, and stage-constructed bridges. During his 19 years at Biggs Cardosa Associates, Martin has led the design of many multi-disciplinary bridge projects in the California. His recent work includes leading the quality control for the structural design of the approach bridges and bifurcating ramp structures for the replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge near the Port of Long Beach. In his spare time, Martin enjoys various outdoor activities including biking, running, hiking, snowboarding, and others.
GERALD DESMOND BRIDGE APPROACHES, PORT OF LONG BEACH, CA
The low level approaches consist of long-span post-tensioned box girder bridges with most spans exceeding 200 feet. These structures are similar to Caltrans’ standard box girders. The low level approaches include bifurcations for the various ramps that occur at the ends of the bridge project. The bridge frames with column heights of approximately 70 feet or less are considered “low level approaches”.
The high level approaches consist of primarily single-cell box girder superstructure supported by hollow rectangular columns. The superstructure was modeled and analyzed considering stage-construction and time-dependent effects due to the span-by-span construction method used. The span-by-span construction was used to accommodate a movable scaffolding system as a replacement for traditional falsework. With very tall columns (ranging from 70’ to approximately 150’ in height), traditional falsework construction methods were not economical for the high level approaches.
Methods and considerations for Green Stormwater Infrastructure requirements:
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is the implementation of constructed landscaping elements designed to divert stormwater runoff to softscape areas, encouraging groundwater infiltration. Despite trash management efforts, typical runoff from impervious surfaces carry with it pollutants of concern, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury, through standard “gray” storm drain infrastructure into our waterways. Instead, GSI in both public and private projects allows for runoff filtration and groundwater replenishment.
As a result of mandates under the NPDES Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit (MRP), local municipalities are required to commit to increasing their GSI development and implementation. This presentation is aimed to help industry professionals better understand GSI design and construction, as well as provide tools to navigate the requirements set by the Regional Water Quality Control Board.
The Alameda County Clean Water Program (ACCWP) is a partnership of municipalities and agencies committed to reducing the contamination of our creeks, wetlands, and the Bay. The Program, under Alameda County Public Works, facilitates local compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act, coordinating water quality monitoring, grants for community-based projects, and providing technical guidance and resources for both professionals and the public.
Christine Chou, with the Engineering Division of the City of Newark Public Works, and other representatives will present GSI strategies on behalf of the ACCWP. it.
SBEC February 2019 Lunch Meeting- Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Understanding Emerging Environmental Issues with these Widespread Compounds
Amy Wilson, PhD, PE
Technical Director-Environmental, Construction and Remediation
Amy Wilson is a civil engineer and hydrogeologist with over 20 years of engineering consulting experience. Amy’s focus is on groundwater and soil vapor remediation; contaminant fate and transport; conceptual site/hydrogeologic modeling; numerical modeling; water quality; and feasibility analyses, with an emphasis on developing technical solutions for large-scale, complex sites. Amy has directed and served as technical advisor for cleanup sites throughout California and other western states, and she is currently focused on developing management strategies for contaminants of emerging concern. Amy holds BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and a PhD in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) are a diverse group of man-made chemicals that were developed to be resistant to heat, water, and oil. PFAS have historically been produced for widespread uses such as carpeting, apparel, firefighting foams, and metal plating, and are likely to be found at refineries, military bases, airports, landfills, sludge/biosolids land application sites, fire training facilities, rail yards, chemical facilities, plating facilities, and semiconductor manufacturing facilities. PFAS have been detected at concentrations above state standards and EPA Health Advisory Levels in public water systems throughout the United States. They are widespread globally, and have been detected even in remote places. The toxicology of PFAS is only beginning to be understood. Their persistence, ability to transport, and resistance to typical natural attenuation processes are of increasing concern. The demand for PFAS testing and analysis has increased, and the ubiquitous presence of PFAS presents both a sampling challenge and an important consideration in source attribution. This presentation will provide a broad overview of the various issues and most up-to-date information associated with PFAS, including its unique chemistry, history and sources, toxicology, fate and transport, sampling and analytical challenges, Federal and state regulatory status, and remediation and treatment issues associated with PFAS' complex properties.
The Subdivision Map Act is a state law that is implemented and enforced by cities and counties as the primary mechanism by which they regulate and control the subdivision of real property in California. The goals of the Map Act are to (i) encourage orderly community development for the benefit of adjacent landowners, prospective purchasers, and the public, (ii) control and regulate the design and construction of improvements, (iii) ensure that the areas dedicated for public purposes will be properly improved by the subdivider so that such areas do not become an undue burden on the taxpayer, and (iv) protect the public from fraud. Matthew Gray will present significant land use legislation and case law to explain how cities and counties will be affected by recent updates to the Subdivision Map Act.
Matthew Gray focuses his practice on land use entitlement processing, environmental compliance, and real estate transactions. He represents a range of local agencies, real estate developers and landowners in all stages of the land use entitlement and development process. He assists clients in negotiating and securing approval of development agreements, general plan amendments, specific plans, zoning, subdivision approvals, and annexation of property into cities and special districts; regularly appears before planning commissions and city councils; and advises clients on compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act and other federal and state regulatory programs during the development process. Matt also has experience negotiating affordable housing agreements, complex mitigation fee agreements and conservation easements; forming land-based financing mechanisms, including Mello-Roos Districts; securing cancellation or termination of Williamson Act contracts on agricultural lands; advising clients on issues relating to water supply; and using the initiative and referendum process in the land use planning context. Matt negotiates purchase and sale agreements; site development agreements; CC&R's and easement agreements; and related transactional documents in connection with mixed-use, commercial, and residential development projects.