NCHRP 350 Approval by Analysis being Discontinued

On May 19, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration issued the following notice: In issuing Federal-aid eligibility letters for roadside safety hardware, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) currently makes determinations of continued eligibility for modifications to devices tested to the National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report 350 (NCHRP 350). In an effort to facilitate the implementation […]

2015 Focus Areas of FHWA Oversight Reviews

MITA has recently been informed that the FHWA will be focusing their 2015 construction oversight reviews on the following items: • Critical Path Management (CPM) – FHWA will monitor timely submittal of CPMs and revised CPMs, when appropriate. • Maintaining Pedestrian Traffic – FHWA will monitor ADA compliance with pedestrian detours and impacts to the pedestrian traffic when sidewalks […]

FHWA hosts Alternative Contracting Methods – Alternative Technical Concepts (ATCs) webinar

The Alternative Technical Concepts (ATCs) contracting method facilitates a smarter way of doing business by allowing early contractor involvement during a project’s competitive procurement phase, which often leads to the best value for state DOTs and the public. Through ATCs, the contractors can propose cost-effective solutions that are equal to or better than the State […]

2013 Focus Areas of FHWA Oversight Reviews

MITA has recently been informed that the FHWA will be focusing their 2013 construction oversight reviews on the following items: Pavement marking removal process and ways to limit the scaring on the final wearing surface Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control maintenance of devices and documentation of compliance Extra Work/Force Account process and documentation compliance Ensuring […]

Federal Highway Trust Fund Shutdown Could Impact Contractors

As you were informed by a MITA bulletin earlier today, the US Congress has let the surface transportation authorization (known as SAFETEA-LU) expire, temporarily suspending Highway Trust Fund payments to all state transportation departments. Based on conversations with MDOT leadership today, the following is the most current information MITA has on the potential impacts of […]

MDOT To Implement “Pass-Through Bonding” Policy

With the approval of the Federal Highway Administration and the support and encouragement of the heavy highway construction industry, MDOT will implement a new policy that allows for “pass-through” warranty bonds on projects with warranty provisions. Starting with projects let in the November 3, 2006 bid letting, prime contractors will be able to assign responsibility […]