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Right of Way Acquisition Authority and Project Funding
1/17/18: To align with current CFR regulations, guidance in EPG 220.127.116.11 Limited Acquisition Authority and Project Funding and EPG 18.104.22.168 Acquisition Authority and Project Funding updated what RW activities can be coded to the PE number prior to receiving FHWA's "A" date approval.
1/10/18: The latest version of the Engineering Factors Report, providing SFY 2015 to SFY 2017 info, is now presented in EPG 104.7 Estimates.
12/18/17: A few bridge structure entries in this document have been revised.
12/15/17: Guidance for QA measures to assure compliance with wage rate reviews was expanded.
Design Exception Process
11/6/17: In EPG 131.1.4, was updated to show that CO Design does not need to file a copy of every approved design exception. These should simply be stored in eProjects. Also, the formal submittal letter is no longer needed. Project context can be provided directly on the design exception form.
11/3/17: New EPG 127.13.12 provides guidance for developing a sound study and report. Other revisions to EPG 127.13 Noise clarify and expand definitions and the analysis of traffic noise impacts and mitigation.
Valley Section Locations
11/3/17: EPG 238.3.36 Bridge Surveys was updated to reflect changes in responsibility. In EPG 747.1 Bridge Survey Location Request and EPG 722.214.171.124 Survey Locations, guidance for district submittal of request for valley section locations was expanded.
Discharging into a MSE Wall Backfill
11/3/17: In EPG 7126.96.36.199 Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Wall Systems, EPG 751.1 Preliminary Design, EPG 751.10.3 Bridge Deck Drainage - Slab Drains and EPG 7188.8.131.52 Design, guidance for bridge deck drain, approach drainage, roadway drainage or collected drain water discharging into a MSE wall backfill area was revised.
11/3/17: New EPG 7184.108.40.206 Steel HP Pile Maintenance and Repair presents guidelines to be used by Bridge maintenance or district maintenance to maintain or repair existing steel HP piles.
Sealed Joint Design
10/27/17: Much of EPG 751.13 Expansion Devices was revised to reflect the improved design and details for both Preformed Compression and Strip Seal Expansion Joint Systems. New designs and details for Preformed Silicon or EPDM Seal Expansion Joint Systems were also issued. Numerous standard detail notes were revised or added in EPG 751.50 H5c, H5d and H5e.
Required Number of Strands
10/13/17: In EPG 7220.127.116.11 Material Properties and EPG 718.104.22.168 Material Properties, guidance was expanded for reporting on the girder plans the required number of strands by design and the total initial prestress force.
10/11/17: A table was added to clarify policies for storing items under bridges.
Licensing of Junkyard
10/10/17: The list of electronic design data files generated from GEOPAK for Roadway Contract Plans was updated.
End of Slab Guidance
9/29/17: In EPG 722.214.171.124 Slab Offsets for Curved Bridges and EPG 7126.96.36.199 Plan of Slab Details, guidance was clarified about how to show and identify the end of slab in a plan of slab detail when expansion joint systems are located at the end bents. In EPG 7188.8.131.52 Bridge Slabs and Note B3.21, guidance about how to estimate slab quantities when expansion joint systems are present was clarified.
9/28/17: Guidance for change orders to bridge plans was clarified.
Work Zone Transportation Management Plan
9/27/17: In EPG 616.14.8 Significant Projects, the criteria of "significant project" was revised. The requirements for TCP were revised in EPG 616.14.10 Work Zone Transportation Management Plan.
9/19/17: Guidance about who may prepare legal descriptions was clarified and brought into compliance with new legislation.
9/12/17: Clarified guidance that distances to hold-down devices and between hold-down devices for prestressed girders and beams should be reported on the plans to the nearest inch.
9/1/17: Guidance for the cutout and extension process was updated to reflect current statutes.
9/1/17: A checklist of items to determine property ownership for ADA projects was added.
8/31/17: Guidance for bridge clearances was clarified in EPG 7184.108.40.206 Vertical and Horizontal Clearances, EPG 7220.127.116.11 Bridges Over Railroads, EPG 718.104.22.168.2 Content, EPG 722.214.171.124.1.5 Features Crossed and EPG 7126.96.36.199.2.7 Features Crossed. In EPG 751.50 Standard Detailing Notes, notes A3.7 and E3.5 were also revised.
8/29/17: The speed limit threshold for using raised islands at railroad crossings was reduced from 45 mph to 40 mph and an option was added for locations with a speed limit of 45 mph or greater.
8/24/17: The intermediate bent beam cap height for solid slab end span was revised to accommodate commercially available forming systems.