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inspector remaining with the contractor for the full day. A suggested approach for some of these smaller projects, such as signing or guardrail replacement projects, follows:

  • Identify at the preconstruction conference that AHTD personnel will not be on-site at all hours, however Department personnel will make periodic inspections.

  • Clarify to the Contractor that they are responsible for constructing the planned work in accordance with the plans and specifications. In addition to random inspections, the final product will be inspected and accepted or rejected.

  • Identify all locations and layouts with the Contractor, both during the preconstruction conference and at the actual site. Take this opportunity to discuss the plan and specification requirements.

  • Instruct the Contractor that all material certifications must be provided before any item is installed. Department personnel should review and sample materials before installation.

  • Provide contact numbers for the Contractor in the event that assistance is needed when Department personnel are not present.

  • Department personnel should attempt to visit and inspect the work being accomplished once or twice a day. Depending on the work being performed, this should not require an extended amount of time. Ideally, such inspections could be handled by the Resident Engineer or the Assistant Resident Engineer. Schedule inspections with the Contractor when work requiring inspection, such as concrete placement, is planned.

The above procedure is provided as a suggestion. Determination of the inspection level necessary is the responsibility of the Resident Engineer. The Resident Engineer should take into account the Contractor’s past performance, the project complexity, traffic control requirements, and other areas in determining what level of inspection is needed.

The level of inspection required on items where the Contractor is responsible for quality control and acceptance testing should also be examined. Areas which previously required a full time, dedicated inspector (such as asphalt plants) normally will no longer require a full time inspection effort, except at certain key events. Again, the determination of the level of inspection necessary is the responsibility of the Resident Engineer and should be based on a variety of factors, including the Contractor’s testing personnel and past performance.

119.03 Overtime. Each RE office receives a biweekly overtime computer run showing the total overtime hours to date and the overtime paid during the previous payroll period. The Resident Engineer should review this report and make an effort to:

  • keep overtime to a minimum.

  • distribute overtime objectively to the Resident Engineer’s personnel.

  • insure that there is no abuse of overtime.


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