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Standard Specification for Road, Bridge and Municipal Construction 2010

Standard Specification for Road, Bridge and Municipal Construction 2010

These Standard Specifications for Road, Bridge and Municipal Construction
have been developed to serve as a baseline for the work delivered to the public by the
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The Standard Specifications
are incorporated into the written agreement (Contract) between WSDOT as Contracting
Agency and the Contractor, except where the Contract indicates that a particular
specification has been amended or replaced with a special provision to resolve project-
specific issues. The decision to amend or replace any standard specification with a special
provision is made during the design process and is based upon the sound engineering
judgment of the project designer.
These Standard Specifications reflect years of refinement through the literally
hundreds of projects the Department delivers each year. In addition, the standards are the
result of countless hours of development and review by both our internal WSDOT staff as
well as our industry partners through the joint WSDOT/Associated General Contractors’
Standing Committees.
Finally, these standards reflect the contracting philosophy and balance of risk-
sharing that the Department has adopted through the years. We believe that this balance
of risks gives us the lowest final cost solution to our transportation needs. For example,
shifting risk to the Contractor can provide more certainty on final cost, but may result
in higher initial cost. On the other hand, accepting more risk by the owner can result
in lower initial costs, but less certainty on the final cost. We at the Department of
Transportation believe that we have reached the optimum point of balance for risk,
and we will continue to consider this balance on all future specification revisions.
The language above indicates that these specifications are to be used only as a
guideline during the design process, and that is true. Once they have been incorporated
into a Contract, however, they become the legal and enforceable language of that
Contract. The Standard Specifications, the Amendments to the Standards, and the Project
Special Provisions, along with any attachments in the Contract documents, define a
Contract and are no longer seen as guidelines. Rather, they are the written agreement,
subject to revision only through the change order process.



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