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Section 2: Financing

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Roadway construction contracts should make maintenance of the roadway lighting system — including temporary lighting — the contractor’s responsibility. The state, however, should pay for the electrical energy charges.

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Method of Payment

There are two methods for measuring and paying for temporary illumination.

Lump Sum. Lump sum is the most frequently used method of paying for temporary lighting. This method is also the most expensive for the state, as the contractor is forced to include in his bid unexpected costs for contingencies such as knocked down poles. For the lump sum method, the plans and specifications must be precise, because variations require field changes.

By the Unit. A more desirable method of paying for temporary lighting is by each unit or part of a unit. This method is much more flexible and should provide significant cost savings for the state. Recommended descriptive codes (all under the special specification “Temporary Lighting”) include:

  • light fixture, including connectors and fuses, by each
  • pole or bracket, by each
  • wiring and conduit, by the foot
  • temporary service pole, by each
  • relocate temporary light pole, by each pole relocated.
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Reusable Equipment

If equipment installed for a temporary lighting system can be reused, the contractor should be required to turn over to TxDOT such equipment quantities as paid for in the contract and not damaged by motorists, in good condition, delivered to a site as directed by the engineer.

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