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State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP)

Government Code section 14526.5, amended in 1992 by Chapter 1177 (SB 1435), provides guidance to the Department for preparing the SHOPP:


  • (a) The department, in consultation with the commission, shall prepare a robust asset management plan to guide selection of projects for the state highway operation and protection program required by Section 14526.5. The asset management plan shall be consistent with any applicable state and federal requirements.
  • (b) The department may prepare the asset management plan in phases, with the first phase to be implemented with the 2016 state highway operation and protection program, and the complete asset management plan to be prepared no later than the 2020 state highway operation and protection program.
  • (c) In connection with the asset management plan, the commission shall do both of the following:
    • (1) Adopt targets and performance measures reflecting state transportation goals and objectives.
    • (2) Review and approve the asset management plan, including the final version of the first phase and the complete plan prepared by the department pursuant to subdivision (b).
  • (d) As used in this section, "asset management plan" means a document assessing the health and condition of the state highway system with which the department is able to determine the most effective way to apply the state's limited resources.


  • (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 capital improvements relative to maintenance, safety, 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) The department, at a minimum, shall specify, for each project in the state highway operation and protection program, the capital and support budget, as well as a projected delivery date, for each of the following project components:
    • (1) Completion of project approval and environmental documents.
    • (2) Preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates.
    • (3) Acquisition of rights-of-way, including, but not limited to, support activities.
    • (4) Start of construction.
  • (d) The program shall be submitted to the commission not later than January 31 of each even-numbered year. Prior to submitting the plan, 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.
  • (e) The commission may review the 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) Expenditures for these projects shall not be subject to Sections 188 and 188.8 of the Streets and Highways Code. Plans and Guidelines

Plans and Guidelines



For updated SHOPP reports and other information, please go to the Caltrans' SHOPP website at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/transprog/shopp.htm