The State Highway 130 Exclusive Development Agreement: A Case Study in Managing Quality Assurance with Contractor Acceptance Testing and Inspection on a Design-Build Project

23 CFR 637 (CFR) allows for the use of contractor acceptance while requiring adequate checks and balances to ensure the quality of materials is not compromised. The State Highway 130 project is an example of a $1.1 billion design-build project that utilizes contractor acceptance. A project-specific quality assurance program (QAP) that addresses the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) requirements was developed for the project. This QAP addresses the independent assurance and acceptance program requirements in the CFR with additional owner safeguards in the development agreement. There are different roles and responsibilities on the project. The Owner representatives (FHWA, TxDOT, and its Program Manager) are responsible for compliance with the CFR and other applicable state and contractual requirements. The Developer is responsible for submitting a Construction Quality Program for TxDOT’s approval. The program outlines processes and procedures that the Developer and its Independent Construction Quality Firm will employ to ensure compliance with the construction specifications. This paper focuses on the TxDOT and its Program Manager’s role on the project. This includes the development of a project-specific QAP, the development of owner oversight tools and procedures, and the implementation of these procedures to oversee the Independent Construction Quality Firm and Developer’s activities. Specific requirements and procedures used on the project are discussed in the paper.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01045452
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-1993
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 6:42PM