Divison of Construction

Construction Manual

The Construction Manual contains policies and procedures related to the duties of Caltrans Division of Construction personnel, is for information only, and is intended as a resource for personnel engaged in contract administration. The documents on this website will require Adobe Acrobat Reader, available as a free download from Adobe’s website (one-time setup).   click here to download Adobe Acrobat reader

 

Be alert for new or revised specifications that may affect the current manual guidelines for contract administration. As specifications, practices, procedures, and policies change, the Division of Construction will issue a Construction Policy Bulletin (CPB). CPBs supersede any conflicting information, guidelines, or instructions in the manual. CPBs not yet added to the manual are available here.

From time to time, revisions will be made to the manual in the form of a Manual Change Transmittal (MCT). MCTs provide a summary of manual changes and information on what pages need to be replaced if you are maintaining a hard copy of the manual. When MCTs are issued, the changed pages are added to the Construction Manual full download and sections table below with lines in the margin to indicate changes. Footer dates are also changed to match the month of the MCT issued. Current and past MCTs dating back to July 2001 are available here.

Construction Procedure Directives (CPDs) can also be issued periodically to clarify information already contained in the manual, introduce a process change, remind readers of existing policy, announce a new form, or inform the reader of a change in address or contact. They are available here.

We encourage use of the online version of the full manual and individual sections below for the most current Division of Construction guidance and electronic search capabilities. However, the complete download can be printed and it is the manual holder’s responsibility to ensure it is kept up-to-date when MCTs are issued.

Please sign up at Construction-Manual-Updates-Announce list serve if you would like to receive email alerts when CPBs, MCTs, CPDs, and forms are posted online.

If you have any questions about the Construction Manual, please contact: Construction.Publications@dot.ca.gov

Construction Manual
Construction Manual [Complete Download] September 2014
Chapter - Subject Current Manual Section
 
Chapter 1-Caltrans Construction Organization  
1-0 Construction Manual Overview September 2014
1-1 Construction Organization September 2014
1-2 Public Relations September 2014
1-3 Personnel Development September 2014
1-4 Facilities and Equipment September 2014
1-5 Field Expenses and Purchases September 2014
 
Chapter 2 - Safety and Traffic  
2-1 Safety September 2014
2-2 Traffic September 2014
2-3 Major Construction Incidents September 2014
 
Chapter 3 - General Provisions  
3-0 Introduction September 2014
3-1 General September 2014
3-2 Bidding September 2014
3-3 Contract Award and Execution September 2014
3-4 Scope of Work September 2014
3-5 Control of the Work September 2014
3-6 Control of Materials September 2014
3-7 Legal Relations and Responsibility to the Public September 2014
3-8 Prosecution and Progress September 2014
3-9 Payment September 2014
 
Chapter 4 - Construction Details
 
4-0 Introduction September 2014
4-10 Dust Control September 2014
4-11 Quality Control and Assurance September 2014
4-12 Temporary Traffic Control September 2014
4-15 Existing Facilities September 2014
4-16 Clearing and Grubbing September 2014
4-17 Watering September 2014
4-18 Dust Palliative September 2014
4-19 Earthwork September 2014
4-20 Landscape September 2014
4-21 Erosion Control September 2014
4-22 Finishing Roadway September 2014
4-24 Stabilized Soils September 2014
4-25 Aggregate Subbases September 2014
4-26 Aggregate Bases September 2014
4-27 Cement Treated Bases September 2014
4-28 Concrete Bases September 2014
4-29 Treated Permeable Bases September 2014
4-37 Bituminous Seals September 2014
4-39 Hot Mix Asphalt September 2014
4-40 Concrete Pavement September 2014
4-41 Concrete Pavement Repair September 2014
4-42 Groove and Grind Pavement September 2014
4-46 Ground Anchors and Soil Nails September 2014
4-47 Earth Retaining Systems September 2014
4-48 Temporary Structures September 2014
4-49 Piling September 2014
4-50 Prestressing Concrete September 2014
4-51 Concrete Structures September 2014
4-52 Reinforcement September 2014
4-53 Shotcrete September 2014
4-54 Waterproofing September 2014
4-55 Structural Steel September 2014
4-56 Signs September 2014
4-57 Wood and Plastic Lumber Structures September 2014
4-58 Sound Walls September 2014
4-59 Painting September 2014
4-61 Culvert and Drainage Pipe Joints September 2014
4-62 Alternative Culverts September 2014
4-64 Plastic Pipe September 2014
4-65 Concrete Pipe September 2014
4-66 Corrugated Metal Pipe September 2014
4-67 Structural Plate Culverts September 2014
4-68 Subsurface Drains September 2014
4-69 Overside Drains September 2014
4-70 Miscellaneous Drainage Facilities September 2014
4-72 Slope Protection September 2014
4-73 Concrete Curbs and Sidewalks September 2014
4-74 Pumping Equipment and Controls September 2014
4-75 Miscellaneous Metal September 2014
4-80 Fences September 2014
4-81 Monuments September 2014
4-82 Markers and Delineators September 2014
4-83 Railings and Barriers September 2014
4-84 Traffic Stripes and Pavement Markings September 2014
4-85 Pavement Markers September 2014
4-86 Electrical Systems September 2014
4-88 Geosynthetics September 2014
4-90 Concrete September 2014
4-91 Paint September 2014
4-92 Asphalts September 2014
4-93 Liquid Asphalts September 2014
4-94 Asphaltic Emulsions September 2014
4-95 Epoxy September 2014
 
Chapter 5 - Contract Administration  
5-0 Conduct of the Work September 2014
5-1 Project Records and Reports September 2014
5-2 Funds September 2014
5-3 Change Orders September 2014
5-4 Disputes September 2014
5-5 Emergency Contract Administration September 2014
 
Chapter 6 - Sampling and Testing  
6-1 Sample Types and Frequencies September 2014
6-2 Acceptance of Manufactured or Fabricated Materials and Products September 2014
6-3 Field Tests September 2014
 
Chapter 7 - Environmental Stewardship  
7-1 Environmental Rules and Requirements September 2014
 
Chapter 8 - Employment Practices  
8-1 Labor Compliance September 2014
8-2 Equal Opportunity September 2014
8-3 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises September 2014
 
Chapter 9 -Projects Funded by Others  
9-1 Construction Contract Administration for Projects Funded by Others September 2014
9-2 Projects Administered by a Local Agency on the State Highway System September 2014
 
 
   
Index September 2014