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Standard Specifications
for Construction of

Roads and Bridges on
Federal Highway Projects

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This book, Standard Specifications for Construction of Roads and Bridges on Federal Highway Projects, is patterned to the extent possible after the AASHTO Guide Specifications for Highway Construction in order to establish nationwide uniformity and consistency of specifications and contractual matters in highway construction.

These specifications are designed to prevent early obsolescence of the specifications and controversy in the administration of contracts, and to encourage increased production and decreased costs consistent with high quality work.

The book is issued primarily for use in the construction of roads and bridges on Federal highway projects under the direct administration of the Federal Highway Administration. When so designated in the contract of a project, it becomes part of the contract document, binding upon the parties signatory to the contract. For simplification in reference, this book may be cited as "FP-79" indicating Federal projects specifications issued in 1979.

All construction contracts of the Federal Highway Administration are governed by the Federal Procurement Regulations (FPR) promulgated by the General Services Administration and such regulations apply and are included in all invitation for bids. For the users convenience, portions of Standard Form 22, "Instructions to Bidders" and Standard Form 23A, “General Provisions” of the FPR, which apply specifically to construction contracts, have been cross-referenced in this book as appropriate to provide a reasonably complete collection of contractual provisions within these standard construction specifications. Additionally, a sample copy of SF23A, which was in effect at the date of printing, has been included in the Appendix. The sample copy is not a part of these specifications; the SF23A effective for the contract will be included in the Invitation for Bids.

This book contains specifications for those items of work, materials, and construction methods that are generally applicable to direct Federal highway contracts, but it is adaptable for use by other highway agencies.

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