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Section 2: Manual Description

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Use of this Manual

This manual, prepared by CST, provides District Engineers (DEs), Directors of Construction (DOCs), AEs, and their various representatives, including inspectors and record keepers, a guide for administering construction contracts. This manual is only one of the components used to manage a successful construction contract. Other TxDOT resources include the following.

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How This Manual is Organized

This manual is organized into 17 chapters and one appendix, as outlined in the following table.

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Chapter

Description

1-3

Provides a general overview and procedures related to activities before construction work begins

4

Provides guidance on project records, traffic control plan (TCP), and FHWA requirements

5

Outlines control of work. Control of work encompasses project authority, work documents, staking the project, inspections, and construction evaluation

6

Summarizes the control of materials covering material management, sampling and testing, and required materials forms

7

Covers changes to the contract, including processing of change orders, other contract agreements, contract termination, etc.

8

Outlines contract disputes and department claim process

9

Covers legal relations and responsibilities

10

Prosecution and progress

11

Summarizes the measurement and payment process

12

Provides insight into environmental issues such as hazardous material/waste handling, biological and water resources, and cultural resource management

13

Provides information on health and safety items

14

Provides an overview of the Department’s Business Opportunity Programs

15

Covers contractor workforce items such as labor laws and On-the-Job Training

16

FHWA Oversight Requirements

17

Various forms, document examples, and guidelines

Appendix

Policy Memos



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General Information

Unless otherwise indicated in this manual or the Standard Specifications, a signature from an authorized signer is required for any crucial project changes and preferred for notifications.

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Manual Update

This manual will be updated annually to reflect new changes and will continue to be improved.

Please submit any suggestions, comments, or questions to CST.

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