QUALITY CONTROL IN HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS

EACH OF THE PARTIES IN HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING PROJECTS HAS RESPONSIBILITIES TO THOSE WITH WHOM HE HAS AN IMMEDIATE AND DIRECT CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP. THESE RESPONSIBILITIES ARE DETERMINED PRIMARILY BY THE TERMS OF PARTIES' WRITTEN CONTRACTS. THE MATTER OF ASSURING THAT CONSTRUCTION IS PERFORMED ACCORDING TO ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS OF QUALITY IS CUSTOMARILY COVERED BY CONTRACT AND CERTAIN DOCTRINES OF LAW. THE IMPORTANCE IS DISCUSSED OF SPECIFICATIONS IN HIGHWAY PROJECTS AND IN QUALITY CONTROL. THE CRITERIA OF QUALITY IS DISCUSSED IN RELATION TO: THE CONCEPT OF EQUALITY AND TRADE PRACTICES. QUALITY CONTROL MUST DEPEND UPON CONTRACT PROVISION FOR STORAGE AND HANDLING OF MATERIALS, INSPECTION PROCEDURE, AND ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURES. THE CONTRACT LAW THAT HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS AND CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS ARE CONCERNED WITH IS LARGELY ADMINISTRATIVE LAW. CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION IS OFTEN DEFEATED BY THE STATE'S PROCEDURES FOR QUALITY CONTROL WHICH ARE UNREALISTIC, OR THE CONCEPT OF PRIVITY OF CONTRACT. TO IMPROVE CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION, THERE MUST BE SOME NEW AND SEARCHING STUDY OF THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF THIS FUNCTION, AND A THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF THE FACTORS THAT AFFECT IT AND THE PUBLIC POLICIES IT SERVES.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 28-34
  • Monograph Title: Legal studies
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00238688
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 274
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 28 1994 12:00AM