Construction Contract Standards Instructions

Caltrans Construction Contract Standards includes the Standard Special Provisions (SSPs), Notice to Bidders, Standard Specifications, Standard Plans, Standard Bid Items, and Bid Book.

The use of standards is required to ensure that contracts are clear, concise, correct, complete, and incompliance with FHWA guidelines

Do not edit an SSP beyond the instructions in that SSP.

The Department requires substantial justification and approval for deviation from the standards. Deviation should be rare and will not be approved for minor or preferential changes.

These standards are the culmination of extensive development by the Department's most competent and proficient professionals. Concurrence has been obtained from stakeholders including the Construction Division, Legal Division, and FHWA. When applicable, concurrence has also been obtained from industry and other agencies

The current edition of the standards is dated 2010. The 2006 standards may be used for projects until September 30, 2012. Older editions of the Standards are not maintained and are for information only.

Buy copies of the Standard Specifications and Plans