Local Transportation Infrastructure Climate Adaptation Project (LCAP) Program
The Local Transportation Infrastructure Climate Adaptation Project (LCAP) Program was created by Senate Bill 198 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Transportation., Chapter 71, Statutes of 2022) to make the State’s transportation infrastructure resilient to climate hazards. The legislation of this bill established Section 14564 of Government Code.
The primary objective of this program is to provide competitive grants to local agencies for the development and implementation of capital projects adapting local transportation infrastructure to climate changes.
The LCAP Program received $148 million of General Fund in Fiscal Year 2021-22. In addition to State funds, the LCAP Program is supported by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) (Public Law 117-58) which created a new resilience formula program, the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT). The PROTECT Program provides California with approximately $252.5 million dollars over five years through 2026 with funds for resilience improvements that protect surface transportation assets. The PROTECT funds will be administered through the LCAP Program.
The Commission is required to develop program guidelines for the selection of projects that meet all of the following criteria:
- Increase climate resiliency and protect at-risk transportation infrastructure using California’s climate projections, as specified in Planning and Investing for a Resilient California: A Guidebook for State Agencies;
- Are consistent with state, regional, or local climate adaptation reports, plans, and the Adaptation Planning Guide, including meeting the climate resiliency goals of the region where the project is located;
- Include outreach conducted by the local agency to under-resourced and vulnerable communities related to the proposed project, consistent with the California State Adaptation Strategy; and
- Incorporate environmental equity, protects vulnerable and under-resourced communities, and provide meaningful benefits to underserved communities, consistent with the California State Adaptation Strategy.
In addition, the Commission is required to prioritize projects based on the following criteria:
- Degree of risk for reoccurring damage or infrastructure failure due to climate threats.
- Benefits to preserving or enhancing regional or statewide mobility, economy, goods movement, and safety and other benefits associated with protecting the infrastructure.
- Benefits to preserving or protecting adjacent communities, the environment, and other critical infrastructure.
- Degree to which the project incorporates environmental equity, protects vulnerable and under-resourced communities, and provides benefits to underserved communities, consistent with the California Adaptation.
- Program Workshop – October 2022 (Workshops | CTC (ca.gov))
- Release of Draft Program Guidelines – November 2022
- Draft Program Guideline Workshop – November 2022
- Draft Program Guidelines presented to Commission – December 2022
- Approval of Final Program Guidelines – January 2023
- Call for Projects – January 2023
- Project Nominations Due – March 2023
- Staff Recommendations Released – May 2023
- Program of Projects Adoption – June 2023