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Welcome to Caltrans District 9

Caltrans District 9 encompasses the central-east portion of the State with its headquarters in Bishop. The District is responsible for all of the State Highway Systems in Inyo, Mono and eastern Kern Counties. It is responsible for environmental, design, right of way, surveys, hydraulics, materials lab, landscape architecture, construction, maintenance, permitting, traffic operations, planning, local assistance, and intergovernmental review.

In geographical size, District 9 is the fourth largest District covering 16,465 square miles, containing varied topography. Mount Whitney (the highest peak in the lower 48 states) is less than 150 miles from Bad Water, Death Valley (the lowest point in the US). There are several State highways that cross the Sierra Nevada mountain range; one leading to the east entrance of Yosemite National Park. The District is in the western portion of the Great Basin, which includes the Owens Valley, bordered by the White and Inyo Mountains to the east and the Sierra to the west. The Mojave Desert encompasses parts of Inyo, San Bernardino, and eastern Kern Counties. The varied topography and elevation lend to a wide range of climate zones.

The District has 18 US and State designated highways.

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California Road Charge Pilot Program


An efficient transportation system is critical for California's economy and quality of life. The revenues currently available for highways and local roads are inadequate to preserve and maintain existing infrastructure and to provide funds for improvements that would reduce congestion and improve safety. Because of improving fuel economy, motor fuel taxes are ineffective methods of meeting California's long-term revenue needs; they will steadily generate less revenue as cars and trucks become more fuel efficient and alternative sources of power are identified. By 2030, as much as half of the revenue that could have been collected will be lost to fuel efficiency.

Senate Bill 1077

In an effort to address this problem, in 2014 the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1077. SB 1077 established the Technical Advisory Committee under the California Transportation Commission to formulate recommendations for design of a pilot project to explore the risks and benefits of road charging. The recommendations of this diverse statewide committee are currently being finalized and will be provided to the Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency for consideration and guidance in executing the pilot. The road charging pilot will illustrate firsthand the advantages, disadvantages, challenges, and opportunities of road charging.

Road Charge Pilot Program

The success of the Road Charge Pilot Program is contingent on YOU. To effectively evaluate the pilot program we need to recruit 5,000 volunteers to participate in this innovative and exciting 9-month study. The recruiting process has already started to ensure the pilot represents a broad cross-section of the population of California. With the Road Charge Pilot Program scheduled to commence in the summer of 2016, we need you to participate in the pilot and to assist in the recruitment of volunteers.

Go to the program website by clicking on the button below to find out more about the pilot efforts to date, provide feedback on the program, sign-up for updates, and most importantly volunteer and help us...Improve our Roads - One Mile at a Time.

Caltrans Mission & Vision

Mission: Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California's economy and livability.

Vision: A performance-driven, transparent and accountable organization that values its people, resources and partners, and meets new challenges through leadership, innovation and teamwork.

Public Information

If you have any comments or inquiries about Caltrans please call Florene Trainor, District 9 Public Information Officer at 760-872-0603 or e-mail by clicking here: Florene Trainor.

Encroachment Permits

This office issues encroachment permits for work and activities in or encroaching on the State Highway Right of Way. Permit requests are reviewed and issued for activities that range from special events and traffic control to highway and utility construction projects. For further assistance, please e-mail Mark Reistetter at