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|'''Helpful EPG Videos'''
 
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|[[media:Logging into the EPG.wmv|Logging into the EPG]]
 
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|'''Form to Propose [[#Level 1 Approval|Level 1, 2 and 3 Revisions]] for the EPG and other MoDOT Standards'''
 
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|[http://sharepoint/sites/de/epg/Lists/EPGResponse/Item/newifs.aspx?List=8224cbb0%2D2570%2D419a%2Da4a0%2D4eb7416e97d3&RootFolder=&Web=c952a564%2D1467%2D40b5%2Da053%2D422131a2ca38 Engineering Policy Revision Request Form]
 
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The Engineering Policy Guide (EPG) contains MoDOT policy, procedure and guidance for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of roadway and related facilities.  It also includes specific technical topics of right of way, bridge, traffic and materials. The information is presented in numerous articles having as simple a layout as possible.  These articles are numbered to reflect as closely as possible the pay items and divisions from the spec book, ''Missouri Standard Specifications for Highway Construction''.
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The Engineering Policy Guide (EPG) contains MoDOT policy, procedure and guidance for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of roadway and related facilities.  It also includes specific technical topics of right of way, bridge, traffic and materials. These articles are numbered to reflect as closely as possible the pay items and divisions from ''Missouri Standard Specifications for Highway Construction''.
  
The EPG is not a contract document and EPG articles are referenced as EPG XXX.X or "articles" - not "sections" - to avoid confusion with MoDOT specs.  Where a conflict exists between the EPG and a contract, the contract document rules. References and links to the ''Missouri Standard Specifications'' are given as "Sec XXX.XX" or "Section XXX.XX of the Standard Specifications."  References and links to the ''Missouri Standard Plans for Highway Construction'' are "Standard Plan XXX.XX".   
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The EPG is not a contract document and EPG articles are referenced as EPG XXX.X or "articles" - not "sections" - to avoid confusion with MoDOT specifications.  Where a conflict exists between the EPG and a contract, the contract document rules. References and links to the ''Missouri Standard Specifications'' are given as "Sec XXX.XX" or "Section XXX.XX of the Standard Specifications."  References and links to the ''Missouri Standard Plans for Highway Construction'' are "Standard Plan XXX.XX".   
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|'''EPG articles are not referenced as "sections" but as EPG XXX.X or "articles" to avoid confusion with MoDOT specs.'''
 
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===Organization===
 
  
Articles are grouped into the spec book’s divisions (for example, the EPG articles in [[:Category:100 GENERAL|EPG 100 General]] mirror Division 100 specs, articles in [[:Category:300 BASES|EPG 300 Bases]] mirror Division 300 specs, etc.).  Many articles have been subdivided into additional articles.  For example, the reader may notice that [[903.6 Warning Signs|EPG 903.6 Warning Signs]] and other EPG 903 articles are listed at the bottom of [[:Category:903 Highway Signing|EPG 903 Highway Signing]]. 
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==Organization==
  
In most articles the reader will notice numerous words in <font color=#0033ff>blue</font color>These words are links to another article, figure or website with related informationThis allows the reader to effectively navigate.
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Articles are grouped into the specification book’s divisions (for example, the EPG articles in [[:Category:100 GENERAL|EPG 100 General]] mirror Division 100 specifications, articles in [[:Category:300 BASES|EPG 300 Bases]] mirror Division 300 specifications, etc.)Many articles have been subdivided into additional articlesFor example, the reader may notice that [[903.6 Warning Signs|EPG 903.6 Warning Signs]] and other EPG 903 articles are listed at the bottom of [[:Category:903 Highway Signing|EPG 903 Highway Signing]].
  
While every effort has been made to base the article numbers on MoDOT pay items and specs, not all articles in the EPG are reflected in the pay items and specs.  For example, many EPG “100 General” articles are important to the design and construction of roadway facilities but do not directly correspond to specific pay items.  Some of these are:
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While every effort has been made to base the article numbers on MoDOT pay items and specifications, not all articles in the EPG are reflected in the pay items and specifications.  For example, many EPG “100 General” articles are important to the design and construction of roadway facilities but do not directly correspond to specific pay items.  Some of these are:
  
 
* [[:category:121 Project Planning, Prioritization and STIP Commitments|EPG 121 Project Planning, Prioritization and STIP Commitments]]
 
* [[:category:121 Project Planning, Prioritization and STIP Commitments|EPG 121 Project Planning, Prioritization and STIP Commitments]]
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* [[:Category:132 Safety|EPG 132 Safety]]
 
* [[:Category:132 Safety|EPG 132 Safety]]
  
* [[:Category:133 Snow and Ice Control|EPG 133 Snow and Ice Control]]
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Similar examples are to be found in the EPG 200, EPG 300, etc. articles.
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==How to Easily Select and Print an Entire Article or a Portion of an Article Using Microsoft Edge==
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:'''1)''' Highlight the selected article or portion of article
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[[image:Help_Article_Print01_2022.jpg|800px]]
  
Similar examples are to be found in the EPG 200, EPG 300, etc. articles.
 
  
===[[media:Help Finging EPG Info.wmv|Searching the EPG]]===
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:'''2)''' Right-click on the select text and select '''Print''' (You can also use the shortcut Ctrl+P)
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'''Google.''' Although this document has been organized in a logical manner (at least to the writers), it does contain a huge amount of information that can make finding a specific idea difficult. Therefore, a Google search engine is available on the left near the top of every article.  It functions in the same manner as a conventional search engine on the worldwide web and is very effective!
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:'''3)''' Change your print options as needed
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'''Find (on This Page).''' Once the reader has used the Google search engine to arrive at an article, it may still be difficult to find the reference’s exact location since some EPG articles are large.  In the upper left of each EPG article, next to “File”, we recommend the reader click “Edit”, then, in the drop-down menu, “Find (on This Page)” and type in the desired key word(s).  The hot key for "Find (on This Page)" is "Ctrl-F".  If the entry is in the article, it will be highlighted.
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:'''4)''' Should your selection include a large table or figure that creates an undesirable appearance, you can select More settings to change your paper size or change the scale of your print
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===How best to view the articles===
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:'''5)''' Once you have selected your settings just select the Print Button
  
The articles are best viewed on your computer monitor with the following settings:
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==EPS Approval Process==
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Revisions to engineering policy are proposed using the [https://modotgov.sharepoint.com/sites/DE/Lists/EPGResponse/NewForm.aspx?ID=1 Engineering Policy Revision Request Form]. Revisions to forms used in the EPG are also proposed by using the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form.
  
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'''Any other policy affected by a proposed EPS revision?'''  
  
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Provide electronic files of all the revisions to other MoDOT policies (other EPG articles, any Standard Plans, Specifications, JSPs, etc.) impacted by the EPG proposal. Word files in revision mode are required for textual changes.  Dgn files are preferred for Standard Plan revisions although a redlined hard copy showing the proposed changes is also acceptable.
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|'''17-in. Monitors:'''||[[Image:Help Section Screen Resolution.GIF|175px|thumb|<center>'''1024 x 768 pixels screen area'''</center>]]||[[Image:Help Section Text Size.gif|175px|thumb|<center>'''Medium text size in wiki "View" settings'''</center>]]|| ||
 
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|'''Wide Screen Monitors:'''||[[image:Help, Resolution Wide Screen.jpg|180px|thumb|<center>'''1680 x 1050 pixels screen area'''</center>]]||[[image:Help, Text Size Wide Screen.jpg|180px|thumb|<center>'''Medium text size'''</center>]]||[[image:Help, EPG Text Size Wide Screen.jpg|180px|thumb|<center>'''Larger text size in wiki "View" settings'''</center>]]
 
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===How to Easily Select and Print an Entire Article or a Portion of an Article===
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===Completing the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form===
  
:'''1)''' Highlight the selected article or portion of article
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Every proposal must document the following:
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:'''2)''' Click “File”
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* '''Date -''' Enter the date you are submitting your request.
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:'''3)''' Click “Print Preview”
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* '''Issue Name -''' Please provide a brief description of the issue.  
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:'''4)''' Select “As selected on screen”
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* '''Contact -''' The name of the sponsor(s) from within the division submitting the revision request is required.  
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:'''5)''' Should your selection include a large table or figure that creates an undesirable appearance, you may want to click the “Shrink To Fit” tab and perhaps select “85%”.   
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* '''Summary''' Provide the reason why the proposed revision(s) is necessary or its benefit to the DepartmentThis will help with the approval process.
  
:'''6)''' Print the selection.
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* '''Fiscal Impact -''' Provide a dollar estimate for the proposal’s costs or savings to MoDOT.  Include necessary calculations (initial savings or life cycle savings, for example) or assertions to accurately convey the proposal’s financial impact.  The fiscal impact should be a numeric dollar value.
  
===Use of Terms in the EPG===
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* '''FHWA Involvement -''' FHWA should be involved with major policy revisions.  Describe efforts to engage FHWA in the development of this policy revision.  Attach specific documentation regarding reviews, comments, etc. below.  If FHWA was not part of this policy review, please explain why not.
:'''Shall''' and '''Will''' indicate a required, mandatory, or specifically prohibitive practice. Shall and will statements shall not be modified or compromised based on engineering judgment or engineering study.
 
:'''Should''' indicates a recommended, but not mandatory, practice in typical situations.  Deviations are allowed if [[:Category:900 TRAFFIC CONTROL#Engineering Judgment|engineering judgment]] or [[:Category:900 TRAFFIC CONTROL#Engineering Study|engineering study]] indicates the deviation to be appropriate.
 
:'''May''' indicates a permitted practice and carries no requirement or recommendation.
 
  
===EPG Approval Process===
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* '''External Involvement -''' Provide a summary of efforts undertaken during the development of the item to engage affected industry groups and the FHWA. Provide specific examples of who was involved and how the involvement occurred. This is not applicable to every submittal, but is critical for the determination of the associated approval level for borderline items.
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|style="background:#99ffff"|<center>'''I would like to propose a specific, authoritative revision. What do I do?'''</center>
 
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|Proposed revisions are submitted on the [http://sharepoint/sites/de/epg/Lists/EPGResponse/Item/newifs.aspx?List=8224cbb0%2D2570%2D419a%2Da4a0%2D4eb7416e97d3&RootFolder=&Web=c952a564%2D1467%2D40b5%2Da053%2D422131a2ca38 Engineering Policy Revision Request Form]. Just copy and paste the affected portion of your division's EPG article into a Word file.  Place the Word file into revision mode and make your proposed changes to the file. (If your division’s info is already in the EPG, do not email Word files of revisions to your division’s old manual.  Base your division's proposed revisions on EPG text, not the old manuals.) Attach this proposal to the form with the "Click here to attach a file" button. Along with the actual proposed textual revision of the EPG, provide:
 
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| 2) The name of the proposal's sponsor,
 
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| 3) The proposal's summary,
 
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| 5) A description of any effort to engage industry and FHWA in the revision development.
 
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Revisions to engineering policy are proposed using the [http://sharepoint/sites/de/epg/Lists/EPGResponse/Item/newifs.aspx?List=8224cbb0%2D2570%2D419a%2Da4a0%2D4eb7416e97d3&RootFolder=&Web=c952a564%2D1467%2D40b5%2Da053%2D422131a2ca38 Engineering Policy Revision Request Form]. Submittals are evaluated and processed on a quarterly schedule. Final decisions on proposed ballots are submitted to the Policy and Innovations Engineer for disposition. The Assistant Chief Engineer submits the final decision on Level 2 revisions and the Chief Engineer submits the final decision on Level 3 revisions.
 
  
Every submittal must document, along with the actual proposed textual revision to the EPG:
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* '''Administrative Rule -''' Select if this revision request is associated with an administrative rule. (optional)
  
:'''1) Any other standard affected by the revision.''' Provide electronic files of all the revisions to other MoDOT standards (Standard Plans, specs, JSPs, etc.) impacted by the proposal.  Word files in revision mode are required for textual changes.  Dgn files are preferred for Standard Plan revisions although a redlined hard copy showing the proposed changes is also acceptable.
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* '''Local Program (LPA) -''' Indicate if this relates to LPA policy (EPG 136). (optional)
  
:'''2) Sponsor.''' The name of the sponsor from within the division proposing the revision is required.  The sponsor is the person most knowledgeable or central to the proposal.
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* '''Tracking Number -''' (optional)
  
:'''3) Summary.''' Provide the reason why the idea should be carried out (why it is necessary or its benefit).  This justification may be critical in the decision to approve the proposal or not.
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* '''Desired Effective Date -''' Provide the Desired Effective Letting Date (Desired timeframes or deadlines).  Please be aware, ballot items may take several months for approval. (optional)
  
:'''4) Fiscal Impact.''' Provide a dollar estimate for the proposal’s costs or savings to MoDOT. Include whatever calculations (initial savings or life cycle savings, for example) or assertions are necessary to accurately convey the proposal’s financial impact.  The fiscal impact must be a numeric dollar value, not simply a vague financial discussion.
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* '''Affected Publications -''' Should a proposal for EPG 606.1 also require revisions to Sec 606 and Std. Plan 606.30, the section and standard plan as well as their proposed revisions would be specified along with the proposed revisions to the EPG article.
  
:'''5) Involvement.''' Provide a summary of any efforts undertaken during the development of the item to engage affected industry groups and the FHWA. Provide specific examples of who was involved and how that the involvement occurred. This may not be applicable to every submittal, but is critical for the determination of the associated approval level for borderline items.  
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* '''Attachments -''' Attach all necessary revisions by selecting the "Attach File" button. Also attach all supporting and review documents from FHWA, other agencies, and Industry. MS Word documents should be submitted in revision/track changes mode; other documents can be "marked up" versions.
  
Proposed revisions will be categorized by the Policy and Innovations Engineer based on the following guidelines:
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===After the proposed EPS revision is submitted===
  
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'''Level 1 Approval.''' If, upon submittal in the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form, a proposed revision is determined to be a routine technical matter, an errata correction or a clarification, it can be approved by the Policy and Innovations Engineer without comment from the district engineers, the division engineers or the Chief Engineer. The EPG will be revised as necessary. 
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|While Engineering Policy Services edits all submittals, a few grammatical guidelines for the EPG include:
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|While Engineering Policy Services edits all submittals, a few grammatical guidelines include:
 
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|'''Assure/Ensure/Insure:'''  The word “assure” is a personal guarantee based on reputation.  “Ensure” is used when the party is to make certain of something or to be careful.  “Insure” refers to actions protected by insurance, and indicates that money is involved.
 
|'''Assure/Ensure/Insure:'''  The word “assure” is a personal guarantee based on reputation.  “Ensure” is used when the party is to make certain of something or to be careful.  “Insure” refers to actions protected by insurance, and indicates that money is involved.
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|'''High/Tall:'''  Use “high” to express a lofty position, such as the clouds are high.  Use “tall” to express a great vertical dimension, such as the tall post.
 
|'''High/Tall:'''  Use “high” to express a lofty position, such as the clouds are high.  Use “tall” to express a great vertical dimension, such as the tall post.
 
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|'''Until:''' Do not use "til".
 
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Submittals are evaluated and processed on a quarterly schedule. Final decisions on proposed ballots are submitted to the Policy and Innovations Engineer for disposition. The Assistant Chief Engineer submits the final decision on Level 2 revisions and the Chief Engineer submits the final decision on Level 3 revisions. Proposed revisions will be categorized by the Policy and Innovations Engineer based on the following guidelines:
  
'''Level 2 Approval.''' If, upon submittal in the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form, a proposed revision is determined to be a moderate technical change, if it requires specific expertise (e.g. structural design, etc.) or if it impacts more than one division, the proposal is processed as a Level 2 Ballot item.  The District Engineers and select Division Directors/Engineers are provided 7 days to provide their comments to the Assistant Chief Engineer who will consider the idea before providing their decision to the Policy and Innovations Engineer. The Federal Highway Administration is given 10 working days to provide comment or approve the Engineering Policy Administrator. The revision is submitted on the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form. Upon approval any associated documents and the EPG will be revised as necessary.   
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'''Level 1 Approval.''' If, upon submittal in the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form, a proposed revision is determined to be a routine technical matter, an errata correction or a clarification, it can be approved by the Policy and Innovations Engineer without comment from the district engineers, the division engineers or the Chief Engineer. The EPG will be revised as necessary.   
  
'''Level 3 Approval.''' If, upon submittal in the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form, a proposed revision is determined to be a complex technical change, contentious, has high cost or impacts MoDOT's external conduct of business, the proposal is processed as a Level 3 Ballot item.  The District Engineers and select Division Directors/Engineers are provided 7 days to provide their comments to the Chief Engineer who will consider the idea before providing their decision to the Policy and Innovations Engineer. The Federal Highway Administration is provided 10 working days to provide comment or approve the proposal. Upon approval, any associated documents and the EPG will be revised as necessary.
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'''Level 2 Approval.''' If, upon submittal in the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form, a proposed revision is determined to be a moderate technical change, if it requires specific expertise (e.g. structural design, etc.) or if it impacts more than one division, the proposal is processed as a Level 2 Ballot item.  The District Engineers and Division Directors/Engineers are provided 10 business days to provide their comments to the Assistant Chief Engineer who will consider the idea before providing a decision to the Policy and Innovations Engineer. The Federal Highway Administration is given 10 working days to provide comment or concurrence with the Policy and Innovations Engineer. Upon approval any associated documents and the EPG will be revised as necessary.
  
Changes to the Standard Specification, Standard Drawings, Pay Items and significant changes to JSPs are documented by [https://spexternal.modot.mo.gov/sites/de/DSL/Forms/ByYear.aspx Design Standards Letters]  and posted both internally and externally.  Substantive EPG changes are documented on the EPG Main Page under the heading “Recent Changes”.  
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'''Level 3 Approval.''' If, upon submittal in the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form, a proposed revision is determined to be a complex technical change, contentious, has high cost or impacts MoDOT's external conduct of business, the proposal is processed as a Level 3 Ballot item.  The District Engineers and select Division Directors/Engineers are provided 10 business days to provide their comments to the Chief Engineer who will consider the idea before providing their decision to the Policy and Innovations Engineer. The Federal Highway Administration is provided 10 business days to provide comment or concur with the proposal. Upon approval, any associated documents and the EPG will be revised as necessary.
  
====EPG Ballot Cycles====
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Changes to the Standard Specification, Standard Drawings, Pay Items and significant changes to JSPs are documented by [https://spexternal.modot.mo.gov/sites/de/DSL/Forms/ByYear.aspx Design Standards Letters]  and posted both internally and externally.
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===EPS Ballot Cycles===
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!style="background:#99ffff" width="250"| Engineering Policy Revision Requests Due to CO Engineering Policy Services  !!style="background:#99ffff" width="200"| Ballot Items Due to Asst. Chief Engineer !!style="background:#99ffff" width="200"| Ballot Items Due to FHWA !!style="background:#99ffff"|Publish Revisions !!style="background:#99ffff"|Effective Date
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|December 22, 2017|| January 8, 2018 ||January 22, 2018 ||February 2, 2018 ||April 1, 2018
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|style="background:#FFFFFF"|March 23, 2018 ||style="background:#FFFFFF"|April 6, 2018 ||style="background:#FFFFFF"|April 20, 2018 ||style="background:#FFFFFF"|May 4, 2018 ||style="background:#FFFFFF"|July 1, 2018
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|June 22, 2018 ||July 6, 2018 ||July 20, 2018 ||August 3, 2018 ||October 1, 2018
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|style="background:#FFFFFF"|September 21, 2108 ||style="background:#FFFFFF"|October 5, 2018 ||style="background:#FFFFFF"|October 19, 2018 ||style="background:#FFFFFF"|November 2, 2018 ||style="background:#FFFFFF"|January 1, 2019
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">December 9, 2022</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">December 21, 2022</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">January 23, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">April 1, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">March 10, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">March 22, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">April 24, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">July 1, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">June 9, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">June 21, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">July 24, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">October 1, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">September 8, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">September 20, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">October 23, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">January 1, 2024</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">December 8, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">December 20, 2023</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">January 22, 2024</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">April 1, 2024</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">March 8, 2024</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">March 20, 2024</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">April 22, 2024</td>
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    <th style="border: 1px solid black">July 1, 2024</td>
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==Division Contacts==
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Since the divisions provide authoritative input, consulting with their liaisons or contacts may provide the help you require or receive your input.  Below is a listing of divisional personnel with whom the Engineering Policy staff works and who may be helpful to you:
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::'''''Bridge:''''' Darren Kemna
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::'''''Chief Counsel's Office:''''' Terri Parker
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::'''''Construction and Materials:'''''
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:::Chemical Laboratory: Todd Bennett
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:::Construction Engineering: Dennis Brucks, Randy Hitt, John Donahue
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:::Geotechnical Engineering: Lydia Brownell
  
====Style Guide for Submitting Proposed EPG Revisions====
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:::Physical Laboratory: Brett Trautman
  
When a division proposes a revision to the Engineering Policy Guide (EPG), what should be submitted to Engineering Policy Services?
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::'''''Design:''''' Shelie Daniel, Jennifer Becker, Dave Simmons, Randall Glaser
  
The division should usually begin by referencing the current contents of the EPG article to be revised.  Submit a Word document in revision mode showing both proposed additions and deletions to the EPG article.  The proposed revision should use complete sentences and paragraphs as much as possible.  Bullets are permissible, but they are typically used sparingly.
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:::Bid & Contract Services: Danica Stovall-Taylor
  
If changes are proposed to EPG figures, provide the new .jpg files for photos and .pdf or MicroSoft Word documents for the textual figures.  The EPG wiki can accommodate a number of other types of files, but .jpg, .pdf and .doc files tend to be most efficient.
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:::CADD Services: Steve Atkinson
  
===[[media:Logging into the EPG.wmv|Logging into the EPG]]===
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:::Environmental Compliance: Melissa Scheperle
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Just viewing the EPG, without logging into it, opens the single reference for all MoDOT engineering and engineering-related guidance.  But logging into the EPG permits the reader access to a number of capabilities including viewing the history of an article, leaving comments on a discussion page, tracking revisions through "my watchlist", accessing a printable version of an EPG article and viewing the "what links here" (that shows all the other articles linked to the chosen article).
 
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To log in to the EPG, MoDOT employees simply click the "Log in" (located at the top of any EPG article).  The "Username" required by the EPG is the same as the username entered when logging into a MoDOT computer.  The "password" required by the EPG is also the same as your computer password.  Yes, every time your computer's password changes, so will your EPG password.
 
  
====Benefits of Logging into the EPG====
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:::Historic Preservation: Mike Meinkoth
Your engineering and engineering-related information is already incorporated into the EPG, but logging into the EPG will make this information handier and more useful.
 
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=====History=====
 
Would it be useful for you to be able to find when and how an article that you are interested in changed?  Or view exactly what an EPG article stated and how it looked in the past?  Log into the EPG and a “History” tab is available at the top of every article, providing a view of any previous versions of the EPG article or comparing any two versions of the article on a line-by-line basis.
 
  
Many of the revisions will have a brief explanation.  A bold “m” indicates a minor change (either a [[Help Article#Level 1 Approval|Level 1 Approval]] or editorial change).
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:::LPA: Laura Ellen
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=====Watch and My Watchlist=====
 
  
Would you find it useful to easily gather the articles in which you are interested and also be able to view the changes to these articles?
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:::Right of Way: Mendy Sundermeyer, Greg Wood
  
Log into the EPG and  a “watch” tab is located at the top of every article in the EPG.  By simply clicking the “watch” tab (and causing it to become “unwatch”), the article is added to your watchlist (those articles of which you want to keep track).  
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::'''''Highway Safety & Traffic:''''' Katy Harlan
  
How are the revisions to your watchlist articles viewed?  At any time you may open “my watchlist”, located above the EPG article’s tabs, and choose whether you want to view the changes to your selected articles that occurred during the past hour, 2 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, day, 3 days, 7 days or all the changes that have occurred.  Minor changes to a “My watchlist” article are identified with a bolded “m”.  New articles are identified with an “N”.  A brief description is provided for notable revisions.
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:::Safety Engineering: Ray Shank
  
=====My Preferences=====
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:::Signals: Katy Harlan
Would you find it useful to have an email inform you every time an EPG article of interest to you has been changed? 
 
  
This email would not provide the details of the revision, but that the article was revised in some manner.  Log in to the EPG and you will be able to check the article’s history to view the actual revision.
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:::Signs: Tom Honich, Cayci Reinkemeyer
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To obtain an email alert every time an EPG article of interest has been revised, click “My Preferences”, located above the EPG article’s tabs.  This leads to a “User Profile” tab.  Near the bottom of the “User Profile” is the “E-mail” portion in which you may choose the various revision situations to send you an email.
 
  
=====Discussions and Suggestions =====
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:::Work Zones: Dan Smith
Those logged into the EPG are encouraged to use the discussion capability of the EPG.  If you have a question, it is likely others may, too.  Any suggestions you have may also be very helpful to another reader, as well.  Use the “Discussion” capabilities of the EPG to contribute questions and suggestions for all other readers. The Engineering Policy staff monitors all articles so that your comment can be addressed.
 
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After logging in, simply go to the article of concern and select the “Discussion” tab at the top of the article.  If your comment or question is the first discussion for the article, you will be shown an edit screen.  Type in your comment or question.  Otherwise, an existing discussion will be shown.  Additional comments can be added by selecting the “+” tab.
 
  
====Division Contacts====
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::'''''Maintenance:''''' Paul Denkler  
Since the divisions provide authoritative input, consulting with their liaisons or contacts may provide the help you require or receive your input. Below is a listing of divisional personnel with whom the Engineering Policy staff works and who may be helpful to you:
 
  
::'''''Bridge:''''' Greg Sanders
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::'''''Multimodal:''''' Jerica Holtsclaw
  
::'''''Chief Counsel's Office:''''' Adam Brown
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:::Aviation: Kyle LePage
  
::'''''Construction and Materials'''''
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:::Freight & Waterways: Cheryl Ball
  
:::Chemical Laboratory: Todd Bennett, Leonard Vader
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:::Railroads: Troy Hughes
  
:::Construction Engineering: Jeremy Kampeter
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:::Transit: Christy Evers
  
:::Geotechnical Engineering: Kevin McLain
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::'''''Planning:'''''  Eric Curtit
  
:::Materials:  
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==FHWA Contacts==
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Below is a listing of FHWA personnel with whom the Engineering Policy staff works and who may be helpful to you:
  
:::Physical Laboratory: Brett Trautman
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::'''''ADA:''''' Lauren Paulwell
  
::'''''Design:'''''  
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::'''''Bridge:''''' Scott Stotlemeyer
  
:::Environmental & Historic Preservation: Mike Meinkoth
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::'''''Construction and Materials:'''''  Dawn Perkins
  
:::Right of Way:
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::'''''Design:'''''  Brian Nevins, Kevin Irving (KC & NW), Felix Gonzalez (SL), Julie Stotlemeyer (NE & SE), Charles Pursley (CD & SW)
  
::'''''Maintenance:''''' Tim Jackson
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::'''''Environmental:''''' Tymli Frierson and Taylor Peters
  
::'''''Motor Carrier:'''''  
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::'''''Pavements:''''' Mike McGee
  
::'''''Multimodal:''''' Michelle Teel
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::'''''Right of Way:''''' Michael Latuszek
  
::'''''Planning:''''' Machelle Watkins
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::'''''Safety and Traffic Control:''''' John Miller
  
::'''''Traffic:'''''
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::'''''Transportation and Planning:''''' Brad McMahon and Steven Minor

Latest revision as of 12:35, 10 November 2022

The Engineering Policy Guide (EPG) contains MoDOT policy, procedure and guidance for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of roadway and related facilities. It also includes specific technical topics of right of way, bridge, traffic and materials. These articles are numbered to reflect as closely as possible the pay items and divisions from Missouri Standard Specifications for Highway Construction.

The EPG is not a contract document and EPG articles are referenced as EPG XXX.X or "articles" - not "sections" - to avoid confusion with MoDOT specifications. Where a conflict exists between the EPG and a contract, the contract document rules. References and links to the Missouri Standard Specifications are given as "Sec XXX.XX" or "Section XXX.XX of the Standard Specifications." References and links to the Missouri Standard Plans for Highway Construction are "Standard Plan XXX.XX".

Organization

Articles are grouped into the specification book’s divisions (for example, the EPG articles in EPG 100 General mirror Division 100 specifications, articles in EPG 300 Bases mirror Division 300 specifications, etc.). Many articles have been subdivided into additional articles. For example, the reader may notice that EPG 903.6 Warning Signs and other EPG 903 articles are listed at the bottom of EPG 903 Highway Signing.

While every effort has been made to base the article numbers on MoDOT pay items and specifications, not all articles in the EPG are reflected in the pay items and specifications. For example, many EPG “100 General” articles are important to the design and construction of roadway facilities but do not directly correspond to specific pay items. Some of these are:

Similar examples are to be found in the EPG 200, EPG 300, etc. articles.

How to Easily Select and Print an Entire Article or a Portion of an Article Using Microsoft Edge

1) Highlight the selected article or portion of article

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2) Right-click on the select text and select Print (You can also use the shortcut Ctrl+P)

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3) Change your print options as needed

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4) Should your selection include a large table or figure that creates an undesirable appearance, you can select More settings to change your paper size or change the scale of your print

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5) Once you have selected your settings just select the Print Button

EPS Approval Process

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Revisions to engineering policy are proposed using the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form. Revisions to forms used in the EPG are also proposed by using the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form.

Any other policy affected by a proposed EPS revision?

Provide electronic files of all the revisions to other MoDOT policies (other EPG articles, any Standard Plans, Specifications, JSPs, etc.) impacted by the EPG proposal. Word files in revision mode are required for textual changes. Dgn files are preferred for Standard Plan revisions although a redlined hard copy showing the proposed changes is also acceptable.

Completing the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form

Every proposal must document the following:

  • Date - Enter the date you are submitting your request.
  • Issue Name - Please provide a brief description of the issue.
  • Contact - The name of the sponsor(s) from within the division submitting the revision request is required.
  • Summary Provide the reason why the proposed revision(s) is necessary or its benefit to the Department. This will help with the approval process.
  • Fiscal Impact - Provide a dollar estimate for the proposal’s costs or savings to MoDOT. Include necessary calculations (initial savings or life cycle savings, for example) or assertions to accurately convey the proposal’s financial impact. The fiscal impact should be a numeric dollar value.
  • FHWA Involvement - FHWA should be involved with major policy revisions. Describe efforts to engage FHWA in the development of this policy revision. Attach specific documentation regarding reviews, comments, etc. below. If FHWA was not part of this policy review, please explain why not.
  • External Involvement - Provide a summary of efforts undertaken during the development of the item to engage affected industry groups and the FHWA. Provide specific examples of who was involved and how the involvement occurred. This is not applicable to every submittal, but is critical for the determination of the associated approval level for borderline items.
  • Administrative Rule - Select if this revision request is associated with an administrative rule. (optional)
  • Local Program (LPA) - Indicate if this relates to LPA policy (EPG 136). (optional)
  • Tracking Number - (optional)
  • Desired Effective Date - Provide the Desired Effective Letting Date (Desired timeframes or deadlines). Please be aware, ballot items may take several months for approval. (optional)
  • Affected Publications - Should a proposal for EPG 606.1 also require revisions to Sec 606 and Std. Plan 606.30, the section and standard plan as well as their proposed revisions would be specified along with the proposed revisions to the EPG article.
  • Attachments - Attach all necessary revisions by selecting the "Attach File" button. Also attach all supporting and review documents from FHWA, other agencies, and Industry. MS Word documents should be submitted in revision/track changes mode; other documents can be "marked up" versions.

After the proposed EPS revision is submitted

Tips on Text
While Engineering Policy Services edits all submittals, a few grammatical guidelines include:
Assure/Ensure/Insure: The word “assure” is a personal guarantee based on reputation. “Ensure” is used when the party is to make certain of something or to be careful. “Insure” refers to actions protected by insurance, and indicates that money is involved.
Dimensions: Typically use “high”, “wide” and “long” instead of “in height”, “in width” and “in length”.
Farther/Further: Use “farther” to express a physical distance, such as 10 miles farther, and “further” for a non-physical dimension, such as further thought.
Fewer/less: Use “few” or “fewer” for something comprised of a small number of countable components (such as fewer dollars, fewer gallons of water, etc.). Use “less” for amounts that are not being counted (less money, less water, etc.).
Gender: Minimize the use of “he/she”, “he and she” and “she or he”.
High/Tall: Use “high” to express a lofty position, such as the clouds are high. Use “tall” to express a great vertical dimension, such as the tall post.
Until: Do not use "til".

Submittals are evaluated and processed on a quarterly schedule. Final decisions on proposed ballots are submitted to the Policy and Innovations Engineer for disposition. The Assistant Chief Engineer submits the final decision on Level 2 revisions and the Chief Engineer submits the final decision on Level 3 revisions. Proposed revisions will be categorized by the Policy and Innovations Engineer based on the following guidelines:

Level 1 Approval. If, upon submittal in the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form, a proposed revision is determined to be a routine technical matter, an errata correction or a clarification, it can be approved by the Policy and Innovations Engineer without comment from the district engineers, the division engineers or the Chief Engineer. The EPG will be revised as necessary.

Level 2 Approval. If, upon submittal in the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form, a proposed revision is determined to be a moderate technical change, if it requires specific expertise (e.g. structural design, etc.) or if it impacts more than one division, the proposal is processed as a Level 2 Ballot item. The District Engineers and Division Directors/Engineers are provided 10 business days to provide their comments to the Assistant Chief Engineer who will consider the idea before providing a decision to the Policy and Innovations Engineer. The Federal Highway Administration is given 10 working days to provide comment or concurrence with the Policy and Innovations Engineer. Upon approval any associated documents and the EPG will be revised as necessary.

Level 3 Approval. If, upon submittal in the Engineering Policy Revision Request Form, a proposed revision is determined to be a complex technical change, contentious, has high cost or impacts MoDOT's external conduct of business, the proposal is processed as a Level 3 Ballot item. The District Engineers and select Division Directors/Engineers are provided 10 business days to provide their comments to the Chief Engineer who will consider the idea before providing their decision to the Policy and Innovations Engineer. The Federal Highway Administration is provided 10 business days to provide comment or concur with the proposal. Upon approval, any associated documents and the EPG will be revised as necessary.

Changes to the Standard Specification, Standard Drawings, Pay Items and significant changes to JSPs are documented by Design Standards Letters and posted both internally and externally.

EPS Ballot Cycles

Engineering Policy Services Ballot Schedule
Revision Requests Due Ballot Items Due Publish Revisions Effective Date
December 9, 2022 December 21, 2022 January 23, 2023 April 1, 2023
March 10, 2023 March 22, 2023 April 24, 2023 July 1, 2023
June 9, 2023 June 21, 2023 July 24, 2023 October 1, 2023
September 8, 2023 September 20, 2023 October 23, 2023 January 1, 2024
December 8, 2023 December 20, 2023 January 22, 2024 April 1, 2024
March 8, 2024 March 20, 2024 April 22, 2024 July 1, 2024

Division Contacts

Since the divisions provide authoritative input, consulting with their liaisons or contacts may provide the help you require or receive your input. Below is a listing of divisional personnel with whom the Engineering Policy staff works and who may be helpful to you:

Bridge: Darren Kemna
Chief Counsel's Office: Terri Parker
Construction and Materials:
Chemical Laboratory: Todd Bennett
Construction Engineering: Dennis Brucks, Randy Hitt, John Donahue
Geotechnical Engineering: Lydia Brownell
Physical Laboratory: Brett Trautman
Design: Shelie Daniel, Jennifer Becker, Dave Simmons, Randall Glaser
Bid & Contract Services: Danica Stovall-Taylor
CADD Services: Steve Atkinson
Environmental Compliance: Melissa Scheperle
Historic Preservation: Mike Meinkoth
LPA: Laura Ellen
Right of Way: Mendy Sundermeyer, Greg Wood
Highway Safety & Traffic: Katy Harlan
Safety Engineering: Ray Shank
Signals: Katy Harlan
Signs: Tom Honich, Cayci Reinkemeyer
Work Zones: Dan Smith
Maintenance: Paul Denkler
Multimodal: Jerica Holtsclaw
Aviation: Kyle LePage
Freight & Waterways: Cheryl Ball
Railroads: Troy Hughes
Transit: Christy Evers
Planning: Eric Curtit

FHWA Contacts

Below is a listing of FHWA personnel with whom the Engineering Policy staff works and who may be helpful to you:

ADA: Lauren Paulwell
Bridge: Scott Stotlemeyer
Construction and Materials: Dawn Perkins
Design: Brian Nevins, Kevin Irving (KC & NW), Felix Gonzalez (SL), Julie Stotlemeyer (NE & SE), Charles Pursley (CD & SW)
Environmental: Tymli Frierson and Taylor Peters
Pavements: Mike McGee
Right of Way: Michael Latuszek
Safety and Traffic Control: John Miller
Transportation and Planning: Brad McMahon and Steven Minor