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 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 guidance for contract administration. As specifications, practices, procedures, and policies change, the Division of Construction will issue updated Construction Manual sections. The dates in the right-hand column of the list of sections reflect the publication date of the most recent revision.

Revisions will be made to the manual and announced in a Manual Change Transmittal (MCT). MCTs provide a summary of manual changes followed by the updated section with lines in the margin to indicate changes. When MCTs are issued, the updated sections will be added to the Construction Manual full download as soon as possible. Section footer dates are also changed to match the month the MCT was issued. MCTs dating from July 2001 are available here.

Construction procedure directive memorandums also are issued 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.

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

Construction Manual
Construction Manual [Complete Download] July 2017
Chapter - Subject Current Manual Section
 
Chapter 1-Caltrans Construction Organization  
1-0 Construction Manual Overview May 2018
1-1 Construction Organization July 2017
1-2 Public Relations July 2017
1-3 Personnel Development July 2017
1-4 Facilities and Equipment July 2017
1-5 Field Expenses and Purchases July 2017
 
Chapter 2 - Safety and Traffic  
2-1 Safety July 2017
2-2 Traffic July 2017
2-3 Major Construction Incidents July 2017
 
Chapter 3 - General Provisions  
3-0 Introduction July 2017
3-1 General July 2017
3-2 Bidding July 2017
3-3 Contract Award and Execution July 2017
3-4 Scope of Work July 2017
3-5 Control of Work July 2017
3-6 Control of Materials July 2017
3-7 Legal Relations and Responsibility to the Public July 2017
3-8 Prosecution and Progress July 2017
3-9 Payment April 2018
 
Chapter 4 - Construction Details
 
4-0 Introduction July 2017
4-10 General Construction July 2017
4-11 Welding July 2017
4-12 Temporary Traffic Control July 2017
4-15 Existing Facilities July 2017
4-16 Temporary Facilities July 2017
4-17 Clearing and Grubbing July 2017
4-18 Dust Palliatives July 2017
4-19 Earthwork July 2017
4-20 Landscape July 2017
4-21 Erosion Control July 2017
4-22 Finishing Roadway July 2017
4-24 Stabilized Soils July 2017
4-25 Aggregate Subbases July 2017
4-26 Aggregate Bases July 2017
4-27 Cement Treated Bases July 2017
4-28 Concrete Bases July 2017
4-29 Treated Permeable Bases July 2017
4-30 Reclaimed Pavements July 2017
4-36 Surfacing and Pavements—General July 2017
4-37 Seal Coats July 2017
4-39 Asphalt Concrete July 2017
4-40 Concrete Pavement July 2017
4-41 Existing Concrete Pavement July 2017
4-42 Groove and Grind Concrete July 2017
4-46 Ground Anchors and Soil Nails July 2017
4-47 Earth Retaining Systems July 2017
4-48 Temporary Structures July 2017
4-49 Piling July 2017
4-50 Prestressing Concrete July 2017
4-51 Concrete Structures July 2017
4-52 Reinforcement July 2017
4-53 Shotcrete July 2017
4-54 Waterproofing July 2017
4-55 Steel Structures July 2017
4-56 Overhead Sign Structures, Standards, and Poles July 2017
4-57 Wood and Plastic Lumber Structures July 2017
4-58 Sound Walls July 2017
4-59 Structural Steel Coatings July 2017
4-60 Existing Structures July 2017
4-61 Drainage Facilities—General July 2017
4-64 Plastic Pipe July 2017
4-65 Concrete Pipe July 2017
4-66 Corrugated Metal Pipe July 2017
4-67 Structural Plate Culverts July 2017
4-68 Subsurface Drains July 2017
4-69 Overside Drains July 2017
4-70 Miscellaneous Drainage Facilities July 2017
4-71 Existing Drainage Facilities July 2017
4-72 Slope Protection July 2017
4-73 Concrete Curbs and Sidewalks July 2017
4-74 Pumping Equipment and Controls July 2017
4-75 Miscellaneous Metal July 2017
4-78 Incidental Construction July 2017
4-80 Fences July 2017
4-81 Miscellaneous Traffic Control Devices July 2017
4-82 Signs and Markers July 2017
4-83 Railings and Barriers July 2017
4-84 Markings April 2018
4-86 Electrical Equipment and Materials July 2017
4-87 Electrical Systems July 2017
4-90 Concrete July 2017
4-91 Paint July 2017
4-92 Asphalt Binders July 2017
4-94 Asphaltic Emulsions July 2017
4-95 Epoxy July 2017
4-96 Geosynthetics July 2017
 
Chapter 5 - Contract Administration  
5-0 Conduct of the Work April 2018
5-1 Project Records and Reports July 2017
5-2 Funds July 2017
5-3 Change Orders July 2017
5-4 Disputes July 2017
5-5 Emergency Contract Administration July 2017
 
Chapter 6 - Sampling and Testing  
6-1 Sample Types and Frequencies July 2017
6-2 Acceptance of Manufactured or Fabricated Materials and Products April 2018
6-3 Field Tests July 2017
 
Chapter 7 - Environmental Stewardship  
7-1 Environmental Rules and Requirements July 2017
 
Chapter 8 - Employment Practices  
8-1 Labor Compliance July 2017
8-2 Equal Employment Opportunity July 2017
8-3 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises July 2017
 
Chapter 9 - Projects Sponsored by Others  
9-1 Construction Contract Administration for Projects Sponsored by Others July 2017
9-2 Projects Administered by a Local Agency on the State Highway System May 2018
 
 
   
Index July 2017