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Section 3: Plan Requirements for PS&E

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This section describes the sheets that should accompany submissions of plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E). Depending on the type and size of a project, some of the sheets described may be combined or eliminated. (For additional information, see The Design Division’s Plans, Specifications, and Estimates Preparation Manual.

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Data for Plan Preparation

The basic data used in preparing the plans can be found on the condition diagram and the design layout sketch submitted with the recommendations. These sheets plus additional information, such as the exact location of all utilities, should be available when preparing the detailed plans.

Affected Utilities. Negotiations with affected utilities must be started upon approval to begin plans for a project so that any utility adjustments can be made promptly when work begins.

Survey Data and Photographs. All survey data should be kept in a neat and detailed form so it can be referred to at any time. By detailing all information and obtaining photographs of the location and special features, unnecessary trips to the location may be eliminated. For this reason, adequate time should be devoted to project surveys and photographs.

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Title Sheet

The title sheet must contain the following information:

  • title describing the location and type of installation (for example: “Work Consisting of Installation of a Full Traffic-actuated Traffic Signal”)
  • area map (county, city or both) with the location of the installation circled and noted as “LOCATION OF PROPOSED WORK”
  • project limits, project number, control-section-job (CSJ) number, project length
  • index of sheets, including sheet number and title (can be separate sheet)
  • spaces for the following officials’ signatures:
    • city or county officials, as applicable
    • engineer responsible for the preparation of the plans
    • district engineer
    • director, Traffic Operations Division (TRF).
    • other division heads and the FHWA division administrator, as applicable.
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Estimate and Quantity Sheet

The estimate and quantity sheet is necessary only for state financed contract projects and federally financed projects.

This sheet should list all bid items for the project. The list should consist of:

  • the estimated bid item quantities, showing a breakdown by control and section and the total for the entire project
  • the specification item number as well as the descriptive code number and alternate number (if applicable)
  • the bid item description (for example: “Installation of Highway Traffic Signals”) and the unit of measurement (for example: L.S., Ea., etc.).

This sheet should also show any state or city force account items and any materials to be furnished to the contractor by the state. (For instructions on plotting the estimate and quantity (E&Q) sheet from ROSCOE, see the Design Division’s DCIS User Manual

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Condition Diagram Sheet

The condition diagram (described in Chapter 3, Section 2 of this manual), which is included with the submission of the district’s recommendations, must also be included in the project plans.

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Plan Sheets

The plan sheet (or sheets) must provide a detailed, dimensioned layout of the location. North must be toward the top or left edge of the sheets. Plan sheets must include the following:

  • existing traffic control that will remain unchanged (parking, signing, striping, traffic signals, lighting, etc.)
  • existing utilities, including indication of ownership as well as a detailed location with respect to roadway and depth below or height above the surface. If usage is to be made of any part of the utility, notes about such usage are to be included. If there are a large number of utilities, a separate utilities sheet should be provided to show their locations.
  • proposed highway improvements (design, geometrics, pavement type, etc.). Design and operational considerations for traffic signals are addressed in Chapter 4 of this manual. Safety lighting design is covered in the Highway Illumination Volume of the Traffic Operations Manual.
  • proposed installation, including the exact location of all major items of equipment, such as poles, foundation, luminaries, conduit, signal heads and faces, ground boxes, detectors, controllers, etc. shown in detail.
  • proposed additional traffic control, such as striping, stop lines, signs, etc.
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Elevation Sheets

The elevation sheet (or sheets) should show elevation views for all above ground equipment.

Traffic Signal Elevation Sheets. Traffic signal elevation sheets should include the dimensioned views of proposed mast arm and span wire mounted signal assemblies, above ground detectors, post or bracket mounted signal assemblies, and other similar items. Elevation views of proposed signal equipment should show the exact location of the equipment with respect to the existing roadway and all surrounding facilities. The sheets should also show the following information, when pertinent to the particular elevation view:

  • sign locations and legends
  • overhead utility installations located with respect to proposed signal equipment
  • horizontal and vertical roadway clearances

Utilities Elevation Sheets. Utilities should be checked in detail, and those requiring adjustment should be noted on the utilities elevation sheet, with additional sheets prepared showing proposed relocation.

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Detail Sheets

Standard sheets prepared by the Design Division (DES) and the Traffic Operations Division (TRF) and special detail sheets prepared by the district should include sufficient detail to adequately describe all of the following applicable items:

  • poles:
    • signal
    • power
    • luminaire
    • pedestal
  • ground boxes
  • wiring diagrams
    • cable termination (signal, power, and illumination)
    • detector termination
  • conduit and conductor tables
  • detectors:
    • induction loop
    • pedestrian push button
    • other (microwave, acoustic, infrared, VIVDS)
  • concrete foundations:
    • controller
    • poles
  • down-guys (including anchors)
  • vehicle and pedestrian signal head mounting details (vertically or horizontally mounted with or without backplate)
    • span wire
    • mast arm
    • pedestal or post top
    • short bracket
  • phasing sheet showing:
    • signal location
    • signal indications
    • phasing diagram (see Figure 5-1)
    • signal sequence plan table (see Figure 5-2)
    • flashing operations
    • preemption operation (when applicable)
  • work area protection, including any or all of the following:
    • standard barricade and construction sheets and traffic control plan prepared by the Traffic Operations Division (TRF)
    • construction detour and barricade location sheets
    • plan notes pertaining to work zone and sequence of work, if applicable.

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Figure 5-1. Typical phasing diagram.

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Figure 5-2. Typical sequence plan table.

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The specifications submitted with each set of project plans for a state financed contract project or for any federally financed project must be adequate to provide for the purchase of all necessary equipment to be installed as well as other materials which must be used in completing the installation. The manner and method of installation must also be addressed. Reference should be made to the TxDOT’s Standard Specifications for Construction of Highways, Streets and Bridges, as applicable.

Occasionally special specifications are needed to procure equipment or define items of work not explicitly covered by the standard specifications. As existing specifications evolve through a history of use, special provisions to these specifications are developed to reflect any changes to current practice or special need. Contact TRF for the latest versions of the special specifications.

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PS&E Paperwork

PS&E paperwork may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • PS&E submission data
  • general notes
  • specification list
  • estimate.

For information on all paperwork that needs to be submitted with a PS&E package, see the Design Division’s Plans, Specifications, and Estimates Preparation Manual.

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