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2003 SPECIFICATIONS

SECTION 114

  • Treat the contractor fairly and impartially.

  • Study the contractor’s viewpoint and be cordial but impersonal with them. Do not put yourself under obligation to the contractor.

  • Do not discuss with outsiders the contractor's methods of handling work. Make your suggestions only to the contractor.

  • Be ready to advise the contractor when requested, but do not make snap decisions. In no way supervise or direct the contractor's operations.

Issue all instructions only to the contractor or the contractor’s representative.

Specific instructions given to the contractor should be documented in the Job Diary.

Discuss the contractor's schedule inspection with their schedule.

with

them.

Coordinate

your

staking

and

  • Do not be arbitrary or become involved in pointless argument with the contractor or the contractor’s personnel regarding matters related to the work.

  • Do not accept gratuities from the contractor; do not be threatened or intimidated by the contractor or by the contractor’s personnel. Notify your supervisor of any trouble.

  • The Contractor shall not be required to perform work off the right-of-way

without a signed easement from the property owner prior to performing the work.

114.04 Relations with Public Agencies. Personal contacts with officials of utility companies or governmental agencies with which the Resident Engineer will be dealing should be made prior to actual construction. All aid possible should be rendered to utility owners to insure proper installation and avoid delays to the contractor. Section 111 of this Manual explains Utility Agreement procedures, and Section 112 explains Railroad Agreement procedures.

114.05 Relations with Property Owners. Property owners near the project are most directly affected by the construction operations. By requiring the contractor's cooperation in holding the inconvenience to a minimum and exercising extra care in not

allowing

the contractor to

create a

Engineer

promotes good

public

public nuisance relations with

(excess sound, dust, etc.), the

the

property

owners.

The

Resident Resident

Engineer should complaint; take Department may

courteously listen to a property owner's problem, request, question or time to answer or explain; and discharge obligations which the have regarding complaints as soon as possible. Obligations which the

Resident authority

Engineer does not have should be referred to the

the authority to discharge District Engineer.

without

approval

of

higher

Department personnel shall not negotiate with property owners for material or material sites to be used on construction projects.

114.06 Relations with the Federal Highway Administration. The role of the FHWA in relation to Federally financed highway construction is to approve, disapprove or require modifications or revisions in State proposals for work to such an extent as to

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