Recent Policy Changes in the EPG
Added two new Material Inspection Test Methods to 106.3.2: 22.214.171.124 TM-91, Determination of Total Sulfur in Fly Ash by Sodium Carbonate fusion and 126.96.36.199 TM-92, Determination of Sulfide sulfur by oxidation of blended slag cements.
Updated Signpost Selection Guide to show "BREAKAWAY REQUIRED" note for applicable entries in the PSST tab.
Revised EPG 7188.8.131.52 to always use regular-size and fully stressed prestressing strands for the top two prestressing strands for the purpose of supporting the reinforcement cage. The 3/8” support strands are not sufficiently supporting the reinforcement cage.
Due to a new code of federal regulations relating to bridge weight classifications, 903.5.36 has been updated to reflect the changes in signs which will be associated with the new classifications.
A revision to Sec 401.7.6 will clarify that the density requirement applies to only unconfined longitudinal joints. EPG 401.2.6 pertaining to this spec has been modified.
Updated EPG 751.10.4 and 751.50 to clarify allowed conduit size and junction box size in concrete barrier Type D, Type H, bridge abutment wing and slab.
Added the reasoning behind the 90 day camber for typical bridge projects in EPG 751.22 and consideration of line sag is necessary to retrieve accurate camber measurements in EPG 1029.2.13.
Updated EPG 7184.108.40.206 clarifying that geotextile is required with Rock Blanket, and now requiring in all installations of Rock Ditch Liner.
Updated EPG 450 to reflect a change in policy to increase minimum lift thicknesses for Superpave and Bituminous Pavement mixes, as per "four times the nominal maximum aggregate size" as recommended by NCHRP study. Additionally, language was added to explain MSCR Graded binders.
Update to current sheeting types in EPG 616.6.
References to LRFD specifications for development lengths and splice lengths have been updated to those of the current version of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. Articles 751.5 and 7220.127.116.11 have been updated to reflect these changes.
Added verification of signature link and updating language addressing types of appraisals required during condemnations in EPG 18.104.22.168, EPG 22.214.171.124, and 126.96.36.199.
Updated the terminology of divisional (formerly median) islands constructed with non-mountable curbs in EPG Articles 233.2.12 Islands, 6188.8.131.52 Railroad Crossing Median Islands and 901.1.2 Basic Lighting and Intersections Including Ramp Terminals at Crossroads.
Archived 405 Processing Reclaimed Asphalt. The information in this Article is outdated and has been removed.
Updated EPG 401.2.3 and EPG 403.1.4 so that District Materials may approve mix transfers if the mix quantity per project is 250 tons or less provided the mix type and contract binder grade match what’s listed on the plan sheets or change order.
616.6.87 Temporary Rumble_Strips (MUTCD_6F.87) has been updated to discontinue short-term temporary rumble strips and continue the use of long-term temporary rumble strips.
Added FS37_Carbon_Reduction_Program_(CRP)_Funds to EPG 153.11 Financial Services
Updated EPG 139 Design-Build
This revision updates the Design-Build guidance and processes for invoice reviews, risk to identify auditing, and other minor revisions.
Updated EPG 134 Engineering Professional Services
Revisions to EPG 134 better emphasize how conflicts of interest are identified, better defines the solicitation and selection process, rating/scoring of consultants, and brings the entire process up to current practices.
Updated EPG 136.4
Revising various specs and EPG articles (EPG 7184.108.40.206, 751.6, 7220.127.116.11, 751.50, 1045) for updates to preferred paint systems. Adding organic zinc coatings and removing calcium sulfonate.
Update EPG 903.6.11 Chevron Alignment Sign (W1-8)
Added new Typical Applications Effective January 1, 2023
Renamed and updated 127.28 Linking Planning and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to 127.28 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The intent and definition of a PEL has changed since the EPG article was written. This update makes it current to practice.
910.5.1 - Added 2 CFR 200.216 reference on prohibited vendors
Added new EPG Article 153.4 Administrative in EPG 153 Agreements and Contracts
EPG 131.2 - Removed FHWA and CFR references due to the Changes in 2019 no longer requiring it.
Correcting language related to NEPA and plan development milestones in EPG 127.1.2.2, 235.1, 235.2, 235.6, 236.13
Modified EPG 18.104.22.168, EPG 22.214.171.124.6.1, and EPG 126.96.36.199.5.1. Added clarification of the requirement to have LPA preliminary plans reviewed and approved prior to submitting ROW plans for review and approval and provide the approval on a specific memo.
EPG Section 403.1 has been revised primarily to incorporate a longstanding separate Word doc, which explained sampling, testing and acceptance procedures for projects with Superpave mixes. Additional revisions were made to update in accordance with current construction and materials specifications.
903.3.4.4 was updated to eliminate redundant 3" pipe post and update capacities.
EPG 712.1.5 updated to reflect modified testing requirements for high strength bolts.
Updated wording in EPG 806.1.7 Temporary Seeding, EPG 806.1.7.1 Design Considerations and EPG 806.8.6.3.7.1 Temporary Seeding and Mulching to be in sync with the July 2022 Revisions
Updated the guidance for EPG Category:129 Public Involvement
Updated Request for Environmental Services(RES) Instruction Manual in EPG Category:101 Standard Forms, EPG 127.1 Request for Environmental Services and EPG Category:128 Conceptual Studies
Updated figures 136.6.15 Example e106 Form and 136.6.16 LPA Project Checklist for Adverse Effects in EPG LPA:136.6 Environmental and Cultural Requirements
Updated the table in EPG 153.21 Traffic TR06 was modified and TR07 and TR30 were removed
Noise Ordinance Signing overhauled to EPG 903.5.43 Engine Brake Muffler Required Signing