California Access Program

The Federal Lands Access Program (Access Program) provides funds for work on public highways, roads, bridges, trails, and transit systems that are located on, are adjacent to, or provide access to Federal Lands. These facilities must be owned or maintained by a state, county, town, township, tribe, municipal, or local government. This program is a new program, being created under Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). This program places emphasis on projects that provide access to high-use recreation sites or Federal economic generators.

Administering the Program

Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) works with each of the states under its jurisdiction to develop each state's Programming Decisions Committee (PDC). The PDC is responsible for prioritizing the program of projects for each state's Access Program. The PDC will establish project selection criteria and administer calls for projects.

Call for Projects

The California Access Program 2014 Call For Projects is now closed. The California Programming Decisions Committee (PDC) will be meeting at the end of March to determine the short-list of potential projects. Applications accepted into the California Federal Lands Access Program short-list of potential projects will be sent a notification letter via email containing further instructions by April 10, 2015.

2013 Short-Listed Projects
Applicant Facility Name Federal Land Accessed
LA County DPW Angeles Forest Highway Road Rehabilitation Angeles NF
Yurok Tribe Bald Hills Improvement Project Redwood NP, Six Rivers NF
Yuba County Beale Air Force Base Access Improvements: Hammonton-Smartsville Road Rehab Beale Air Force Base, BLM (Goldfields)
Napa County Berryessa Knoxville Road Pavement Rehabilitation BOR
El Dorado County CA Forest Highway 136 - Ice House Road Pavement Rehab Eldorado NF
Mono County Convict Lake Road Rehabilitation Project Convict Lake, John Muir Wilderness
City of Folsom Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Access Enhancement Project BOR
Tahoe Transportation District Lake Tahoe SR89 / Fanny Bridge Lake Tahoe Basin FS
Shasta County Rehabilitate J.F. Kennedy Memorial Drive Whiskeytown NRA
CALTRANS Rehabilitation of Marshlands Road Don Edwards SF Bay NWR
Santa Barbara County Resurfacing, Restoration, and Rehabilitation of Paradise, Gibraltar, and Stagecoach Roads Los Padres NF
Marin County Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Reconstruction Point Reyes National Seashore
Inyo County Whitney Portal Road Reconstruction Project Inyo NF, BLM

NOTE: Projects are shown in no particular order.

In addition to those projects prioritized for funding under the California Federal Lands Access Program through the Call for Projects, the PDC in California has approved the following remaining "legacy" projects for inclusion in the Federal Lands Access Program. These projects received significant Federal investment in the past and the PDC agreed to transition the remaining portion of these projects into the Access Program.

Project Sponsor Facility Name Federal Land Accessed
Plumas County Old Red Bluff Road (Warner Creek Bridge) Lassen NF
Trinity County Trinity County Bridges Trinity NF
Tuolumne County Fish Hatchery Road Stanislaus NF
Del Norte County South Fork Smith River Road Six Rivers NF
Trinity County Trinity County 3R Trinity NF
Monterey County Arroyo Seco Road Los Padres NF
Plumas County Chester Warner Valley Road Lassen NF
Tuolumne County Buchanan Road Stanislaus NF
Lassen County Mooney Road Lassen NF
Plumas County Beckwourth Genesee Road Plumas NF
Mono County and Inyo County Rock Creek Road Inyo NF
Humboldt County State Route 36 Humboldt County Six Rivers NF
Merced County San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Safety Improvements San Luis NWR
Marin County Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Point Reyes National Seashore

California Access Program Documents

Draft California Federal Lands Access Program Charter
California Call for Projects Process Diagram

Federal Guidance

Federal guidance on the Access Program has been developed. For more information on all MAP-21 guidance, please check the FHWA's page on MAP-21 Guidance for more information.


Programming Decisions Committee Members:

Agency Contact Email Address
California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) Albert Soares, Division of Local Assistance
County Engineers Association of California (CEAC) Patrick DeChellis, Deputy Director Public Works, Los Angeles County
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) Ryan Tyler, Branch Chief

Program Contacts:

AgencyContactEmail Address
Federal Lands Access Program Andy Byra
Federal Lands Access Program Morgan Malley