Research for AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways. Task 349. Guidelines for Developing Materials Acceptance Plans for Alternative Contracting Methods

Design-Bid-Build is the contracting method most commonly used by highway agencies in the United States. This contracting method typically employs a quality assurance plan that defines the tests, sampling rate, acceptance criteria, and other factors as a means for verifying the materials quality and their acceptance. Materials acceptance plans for such contracts have been well defined and used by highway agencies for many years as a basis for pay items and material quantities. However, materials acceptance plans have not been well defined for many of the relatively new procurement methods (known as alternative contracting methods) being used by highway agencies, such as Design Build, Design Build Operate, Design Build Operate Maintain, Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity, and Construction Manger General Contractor. Because employing an appropriate acceptance plan is necessary for ensuring the quality of materials used in constructing and maintaining highway projects, acceptance plans will need to be developed for use with these alternative contacting methods. This study will develop guidelines to help guide highway agencies in preparing and implementing the materials acceptance plans needed to better verify materials quality and ensure use of appropriate materials in highway construction projects procured using alternative contacting methods.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-07, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Hanna, Amir

  • Performing Organizations:

    Diversified Engineering Services, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Jones, Cecil

  • Start Date: 20140501
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150430
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37738

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543603
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-07, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 19 2014 1:01AM