Recent Policy Changes in the EPG
EPG 751.50 Standard Detailing Notes
School Speed Limit
2/22/21: Guidance for when to install a school speed limit flasher assembly was updated in EPG 902.12.7 Procedures for Advance Beacon Installations by Outside Parties. The guidance for the SPEED LIMIT XX WHEN FLASHING sign is now available in EPG 903.18.14 School Speed Limit Flasher Assembly (S5-1) and END SCHOOL SPEED LIMIT Sign (S5-3). New guidance about stopping for school buses loading or unloading children is available in EPG 903.18.16 STOP FOR SCHOOL BUS LOADING OR UNLOADING CHILDREN STATE LAW (Special R0-1), ALL LANES (Special W0-1) Signing.
Accessible Pedestrian Signal
2/22/21: In EPG 902.6.9 Accessible Pedestrian Signals and Detectors – General through EPG 902.6.15 Post-installation Checklist of Accessible Pedestrian Signals and Maintenance, guidance about Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) for the visually impaired has been expanded. Standards and support are now provided for APS locations, walk indications, tactile arrows, locator tones, and extended pushbutton press features. A post-installation checklist has also been provided. Pages 15 and 16 of the ADA Checklist was also updated in EPG 101 Standard Forms, EPG 136.9 Plans, Specs and Estimates (PSE), and EPG 642.8 Sidewalk Design Criteria.
2/19/21: New Right of Entry guidance is available for when and how this agreement (RW21) should be used.
2/19/21: Guidance was updated to reflect the legal requirement that permanent easements must be signed and sealed by the PLS.
2/18/21: The opening paragraph has been updated because the FHWA has incorporated their Final Rule for ID/IQ projects into 23 CFR 635 Subpart F. JOCs are a procurement means for delivering ID/IQ projects.
2/17/21: Clarified guidance about how to name contract plan files when typical sections are not included in the plans.
2/11/21: Guidance was clarified that NEPA can be approved at location/conceptual plan stage for simple projects but occurs later for more complicated projects.
2/9/10: Guidance has been clarified (for instance, Facilities Capital Cost of Money Rate is not included in the fixed fee calculation).
Open Cell Foam Joint and Preformed Compression Joint
2/8/21: Guidance for open cell foam joint seal and updated preformed compression seal for revised manufacturer data was implemented in EPG 7188.8.131.52.12 Expansion Type Selection Table, EPG 751.13.2 Preformed Silicone, EPDM, and Open Cell Foam Joint Seals, EPG 751.13.3 Preformed Compression Seal Expansion Joint System. In EPG 751.50 Standard Detailing Notes, H5. Expansion Joint Systems, preformed compression joint notes were updated and in H5f. Open Cell Foam Joint Seal, new notes for Bridge Standard Drawings were added.
2/4/21: Guidance has been added that limits span lengths to 105 ft. for Type 6 girders due to stability issues arising from lengths greater than this length.
EPG 751.50 Standard Detailing Notes
2/2/21: The coating requirements for Grade 50 W steel sole plate were clarified in the notes associated with Standard Detailing H3.29.1 and H3.49.1 as well as the Standard Detailing Notes H3.29.1 and H2.49.1 themselves.
2/1/21: Guidance has been revised to standardize the construction of shoulder widening projects across all the districts. This revision also establishes that Type A2 and Type A3 shoulders are used only in conjunction with the construction of new pavement. EPG 231.4.3 Shoulder Widening Projects replaces the former non-numbered article, EPG Minor Routes Shouldering Project Guidelines.
2/1/21: Guidance now incorporates additional Roadside Design Guide (RDG) verbiage, RDG tables, and recommends a safety analysis as a means of documenting decisions for safety strategies.
Early Acquisition and Advance Acquisition
1/27/21: New EPG 127.14.3.7 Early and Advanced Acquisition of Right of Way and extensively updated EPG 236.3.4 Right of Way Acquisition Authority and Project Funding (especially EPG 184.108.40.206 Early and Advance Acquisition) now present guidance that match new FHWA requirements.
1/26/21: Guidance about when to use flags on signs has been clarified.
1/22/21: A new QRG, AASHTOWare Final Project Estimate, is available.
1/22/21: A new Standard Detailing Note, I1.71, replaces a detail on Bridge Std. Dwg. REDECK01.
1/21/21: Additional guidance related to recording and posting virtual events is now available.
1/20/21: Two levels used for internal editorial purposes were added to the list of Bridge CADD levels. Also added were some basic instructions for printing editorial content in color on an otherwise black and white print drawing.
1/12/21: Several scenarios have been provided to clarify guidance.
1/7/21: Guidance has been clarified via a general re-write.
1/4/21: Guidance updated to clarify shear connector welding requirements.
12/31/20: Guidance now reflects the latest practice of a 24 ft. minimum width.