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TRUCK CATEGORIES & ROUTES
HOW TO OPEN A NEW STAA ROUTE -- STATE ROUTES
Caltrans classified all State routes in the 1980's with an engineering analysis. However, improvement projects may change the highway geometrics and may justify a new evaluation. To apply for a Terminal Access designation on a State route, you may send your request to the appropriate Caltrans District Truck Staff. You may also contact Caltrans Headquarters at (916) 654-5741.
The instructions below include more details, such as:
GETTING THE PROCESS STARTED
Some local governments are not familiar with these procedures. Caltrans can provide guidance to local agencies re. route analysis and signage, if needed.
ANALYZING THE ROUTES
IF EITHER THE LOCAL OR THE STATE ROUTE CANNOT ACCOMMODATE A STAA TRUCK
Access is denied. If State ramps cannot accommodate, Caltrans notifies the local agency by letter that access is denied. Local agency notifies the applicant by letter that access is denied and sends a copy of the letter to the Caltrans District Truck Staff. Caltrans may also notify the applicant that access is denied, if appropriate. The process ends here, unless an improvement project is initiated to correct the problem.
IF BOTH THE LOCAL AND THE STATE ROUTE CAN ACCOMMODATE A STAA TRUCK
If access is approved, the Caltrans Terminal Access signs (G66-56) must be installed:
For more background on these instructions, such as the legal basis and the engineering basis, please see Terminal Access Application Procedures - Background.