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Section 3: Inspections

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Construction Inspection

On construction or railroad capital improvement projects, TxDOT inspection of the railroad company is typically done by an inspector from the area office. On FSP and replanking projects, this is typically done by the District Railroad Coordinator. On FSP and construction projects, a representative from the local government may also provide inspection.

Whenever the railroad company is installing/modifying railroad warning devices and crossing surface panels, the District should inspect the materials supplied by the railroad company prior to installation.

It should be verified that work performed by the railroad company complies with the approved plan layout and specifications.

As district staffing levels vary, each district is given authority to decide the level of inspection provided for railroad company work. Examples include:

  • daily inspection by the District Railroad Coordinator or Area Office Inspector
  • less frequent inspection by the District Railroad Coordinator or Area Office Inspector
  • final inspection only by the District Railroad Coordinator or Area Office Inspector.

The District Railroad Coordinator or Area Office Inspector should keep a diary record of:

  • materials delivered to site by railroad company (or contractor)
  • materials installed by the railroad company (or contractor)
  • number of railroad company workers on site
  • equipment being used or rented by railroad company (or contractor)
  • flaggers or railroad inspectors on site
  • work performed by railroad company (or contractor).

Inspection reports and diary entries are uploaded into the TRIMS Project Management Module by the District Railroad Coordinator.

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Final Inspection

The District Railroad Coordinator should schedule a final inspection of the project as soon as practical with the railroad company after construction is complete and any active railroad warning devices have been placed in service. At the request of the District, TRF-RSS may arrange the final inspection.

Final inspection should include plan verification and inspection of:

  • all work performed by the road authority or contractor
  • all work performed by railroad company or contractor
  • utility adjustments
  • sight distance on approaches to at-grade crossings.

For sample inspection reports for FSP and replanking projects, see the subsection entitled “Other Resources” in Chapter 14 of this manual.

Any findings in the final inspection will be noted in a final inspection report to the railroad company which must be resolved prior to submitting a final invoice.

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