Specifications and Estimates
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The Specifications Section maintains the Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction; handles the process of Specification Development; and, provides the Implemented Specifications workbook to the Districts Specification Offices for Specifications Package Preparation. They provide assistance and training for both Specification Development and Specification Package Preparation.
The Product Evaluation Section is the initial point of contact for those seeking to introduce manufactured products to the Department, and to provide guidance on the appropriate processes necessary for further action. They also maintain the Qualified Products List (QPL), which is a published list of products that have been evaluated against implemented FDOT Specifications and Standards, and found to be in compliance.
The Estimates Section sets policies, procedures and maintains estimating systems in support of statewide estimating processes. Functions include reviewing the estimates in the Department's 5-Year Work Program, conducting post-bid reviews, publishing the Basis of Estimates Manual, providing user support for the Long Range Estimates (LRE) and Trns∙port estimating systems, and producing a variety of cost history reports. The Market Analysis (Bid Review) monitors bidding and other marketplace activities within the construction industry for trends and pricing patterns.
The Utilities Section develops, maintains and monitors the implementation of rules, policies, procedures, forms and agreements for utility accommodation on FDOT Right-of-Way. Functions include leadership liaison, research, training, and technical support to FDOT and the Utility industry.
The Local Agency Program or “LAP” is a procurement process where local towns, cities and counties develop, design, and construct transportation facilities with federal funds. The Department is the steward of the federal funds and is responsible for oversight of funded projects on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). LAP agencies prioritize and fund local projects (through their respective MPO or governing board) and are then eligible for reimbursement for the services provided to the traveling public through compliance with applicable Federal statutes, rules and regulations.