Construction Specification Requirements for Water and Sanitary Sewer Installations

Because of the lack of standard utility installation construction specifications at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), many different versions of utility installation special specifications and special provisions exist around the state. Those specifications and provisions frequently contain very similar information. Closely related to the need to standardize construction specifications for utility installations is the need to standardize methodologies and procedures for the determination of utility relocation costs. In practice, there is a wide range of ways in which utility companies submit utility relocation costs for reimbursement. This lack of standardization translates into difficulties such as how to verify the validity of the data utility companies provide and how to adequately prepare for audits and other internal and external inquiries. Report 0-4998-1, "A Unit Cost and Construction Specification Framework for Utility Installations," describes a prototype framework of construction specifications and corresponding unit cost work items for utility installations at TxDOT and recommendations on how to implement that framework in Texas. This report complements Report 0-4998-1 by providing a set of specification requirements for water and sanitary sewer utility installations that could be used to prepare the construction specifications. The requirements for each specification include a summary table that outlines the main characteristics of the proposed specification and provides a listing of bid items, subsidiary items, and units of measurement, followed by a list of specification requirements that follow TxDOT’s 2004 standard construction specification style.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Project Title: Standardization of Special Provisions and Determination of Unit Costs for Utility Installations. Report Date: October 2006; Published: March 2007.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Research and Technology Implementation Office, P.O. Box 5080
    Austin, TX  United States  78763-5080

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Quiroga, Cesar
    • Kranc, Stanley C
    • Ford, David
    • Kraus, Edgar
    • Taylor, Timothy
  • Publication Date: 2007-3


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 78p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01047435
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-07/0-4998-2, Report 0-4998-2
  • Contract Numbers: Project 0-4998
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2007 2:05PM