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The Estimate is one of the most important documents in a Construction Contract package. In 2010, Caltrans specifications were updated to state "The bid items set forth the construction specifications that apply..." therefore it is the bid items in the Engineer's Estimate that now determine the scope of work of a project. A project's scope may exceed that as identified in the Standard Special Provisions (SSPs) because there may be required work on the project that is described in the Standard Specifications only, and doesn't require an SSP. Because the Estimate identifies the specifications (Standard Specifications and SSPs) that apply, to get accurate and complete bids from Contractors, a project designer needs to take particular care to ensure that the Estimate is full, complete and accurate.

See Estimate Resource link for additional information.


Updated: October 11, 2017