Committee on Construction
Casey Soneira, Program Manager for Engineering
This April 2020 updated guide specifications provide guidance for developing transportation contract specifications and are the national standard for best practices in highway and road construction. This consensus-based guide is used by states and local agencies as a standard requirement for roadway construction contracts and is a basis for those in developing their own construction specifications. This edition focuses on electronic submittals, updated environmental requirements, and revised materials specifications. The guide is designed for use with the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Construction Specifications, 4th Edition, and the AASHTO Partnering Handbook, 2nd Edition. This 2020 10th edition supersedes the 2008 9th edition.
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The AASHTO Partnering Handbook was developed to educate key customers and partners on the benefits and methods of adopting partnering principles, in both new and existing partnering programs. The handbook’s first edition, published in 2005, was written against a context of traditional design–bid-build project delivery, where highway projects were awarded to the lowest bidder. Since that time, the advent of alternative contracting methods, like design–build, construction manager/general contractor, and public–private partnerships, has fundamentally changed the way projects are being delivered and have resulted in increased integration and collaboration between state departments of transportation and their partners in the design and construction industries. The goal of this handbook is to encourage agencies to create a project delivery environment that integrates partnering principles into routine business practices. To purchase a PDF Download copy of the AASHTO Partnering Handbook, 2nd Edition, visit the AASHTO Bookstore HERE.
Construction Engineering and Inspection (CE&I) includes the monitoring of construction work through inspection and testing. Inspection and testing is essential to ensuring projects are constructed in accordance with the approved plans, specifications, and contract provisions. Inspection personnel are required to inspect all materials delivered to the worksite and confirm that materials and work meet the contract requirements. Additionally, it is the role of the construction staff to monitor progress against the construction schedule, verify correct interim and final payments, administer changes, and document that the project was built in accordance with the approved plans and specifications. Proper inspection requires good communication and documentation skills, judgment, diplomacy, common sense, and a thorough understanding of the work, plans, and specifications. The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance to personnel performing construction inspection for the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and to advance consistency and best practices to help ensure quality workmanship and materials are incorporated into UDOT projects. The PDF file can be accessed HERE.
In partnership with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) initiated the Construction Peer Network (CPN) in the fall of 2011. The goal of the CPN project was to support the widespread deployment of proven and exemplary construction practices through peer exchanges among field practitioners. The CPN used a structured approach to identify, capture, and share today’s most effective highway construction practices with the objective of improving quality, reducing costs, and optimizing project duration to reduce impacts. It was also intended to benefit State DOTs and the contracting community by providing State DOTs with options for maximizing limited resources and developing or enhancing each participant’s regional network of peers. Accomplishing this involved a two-step process: 1) gathering State practices using a Program Information Tool (PI Tool) survey and 2) sharing high pay-off practices at regional peer exchanges that can improve construction performance. The PDF file can be accessed HERE.
Mission: The AASHTO Subcommittee on Construction will continue to be the national voice and leading source of guidance for transportation construction.
Vision: The AASHTO Subcommittee on Construction will advance efforts to improve safety in work zones, improve customer service and collaboration, promote quality, advocate for environmentally responsible construction projects, encourage technology driven improvements to business practices, develop and empower our work force to be successful, promote best practices for the administration of all construction contracts and utilize construction efficiency and cost effectiveness. The PDF file can be accessed HERE.