The Missouri Standard Specifications for Highway Construction
book is currently undergoing major changes. The Missouri
Department of Transportation formed a Performance Specification
Team in 2001 to identify performance specification opportunities
and to propose a plan for implementation. Our objectives
are to encourage innovative thinking, to promote new construction
technologies and techniques, and to permit greater opportunities
for contractors to showcase their quality workmanship with
minimal restrictions placed on them by state government.
Each section of our specifications has been assigned to
a team consisting of knowledgeable experts from state and
federal government and private industry.
This web site contains links to team breakdowns, files
the teams are responsible for reviewing, and the writing
and formatting rules.
The teams page details the breakdown of team leaders, team
members and resources for the numerous teams. A list of
team's participants' employer, phone number and email address
is being maintained separately and is available by request.
The files page consists of Word files of the existing specification
(effective as of July 2002), General Special Provisions,
Job Special Provisions, Bid Items, and Acrobat files of
Standard Plans. The only non-editable items are the Standard
Plans. We ask that revisions to drawings be provided in
red ink or red pencil.
Documentation of revisions is paramount. Proposed revisions
should be submitted with a summary sheet detailing the rationale
why revisions were or were not made to sections. The rationale
should be tied to the nine questions presented at the course.
These nine questions and a sample summary sheet are available
on this web site.
Though each of the nine questions should be addressed individually
regarding revisions, it is more important to detail on the
summary sheet the primary reason revisions were or were
not made. This is applicable not only to the individual
specification sections, but also to the corresponding general
special provisions, job special provisions and standard
plans. Changes to bid items should reflect proposed changes
to these documents and rationales are not needed.
The review process of each section will consist of the
team selected for that task to perform that review with
input from designated resources. It is the responsibility
of each industry team member to keep their respective industry
aware of the progress of their respective team. Prior to
submitting a revised section for approval by MoDOT, the
revised section will be provided to industry for comments
and recommendations. Comments or recommendations should
be submitted to the team leader with a rationale in a similar
format as the summary sheet provided by the team on the
proposed revised section, as discussed above. A minimum,
two to four weeks will be allotted for industry to provide
input. The team will be meet again to take into consideration
all comments or recommendations received and will take action
as they deem applicable. After this review, the team will
submit the revised section through the approval process,
attaching any comments or recommendations not implemented.
It should be noted, this review process is perpetual and
will not end on July 1, 2003. We will continue to review
MoDOT standards to upgrade to performance type specifications
The electronic documents provided here are for informational
purposes and the convenience of those accessing it only.
By providing the standards specifications in this electronic
format, the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission
and the Missouri Department of Transportation do not intend
to form a contract with any person, nor shall any of the
information may be relied upon by any person as forming
a part of any contract. The printed and published contents
of the Missouri Standard Specifications for Highway Construction,
1999 Edition, adopted by the Commission at its meeting on
August 6, 1999, as they have been revised by the General
Special Provisions or Job Special Provisions of the bidding
and contract documents for a particular project shall always
control over the information provided in this electronic
Guidelines and Other Information
The following documents contain guidelines for writing
specifications and formatting instructions.
and Formatting Instructions for Specifications
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