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.

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.

Construction Procedure Directive (CPD) 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.

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Chapter
Subject Accessible Alternate Format Page
Current Manual Section
Chapter 1 - Caltrans Construction Organization

1-0 Construction Manual Overview (PDF)

1-0 Construction Manual Overview (HTML)

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1-1 Construction Organization (PDF)

1-1 Construction Organization (HTML)

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1-2 Public Relations (PDF)

1-2 Public Relations (HTML)
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1-3 Personnel Development (PDF)

1-3 Personnel Development (HTML)
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1-4 Facilities and Equipment (PDF)

1-4 Facilities and Equipment (HTML)
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1-5 Field Expenses and Purchases (PDF) 1-5 Field Expenses and Purchases (HTML)
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Chapter 2 - Safety and Traffic
2-1 Safety (PDF) 2-1 Safety (HTML)
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2-2 Traffic (PDF) 2-2 Traffic (HTML)
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2-3 Major Construction Incidents (PDF) 2-3 Major Construction Incidents (HTML)
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Chapter 3 - General Provisions
3-0 Introduction (PDF) 3-0 Introduction (HTML)
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3-1 General (PDF) 3-1 General (HTML)
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3-2 Bidding (PDF) 3-2 Bidding (HTML)
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3-3 Contract Award and Execution (PDF) 3-3 Contract Award and Execution (HTML)
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3-4 Scope of Work (PDF) 3-4 Scope of Work (HTML)
August 2019
3-5 Control of Work (PDF) 3-5 Control of Work (HTML)
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3-6 Control of Materials (PDF) 3-6 Control of Materials (HTML)
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3-7 Legal Relations and Responsibility to the Public (PDF) 3-7 Legal Relations and Responsibility to the Public (HTML)
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3-8 Prosecution and Progress (PDF) 3-8 Prosecution and Progress (HTML)
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3-9 Payment (PDF) 3-9 Payment (HTML)
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Chapter 4 - Construction Details
4-0 Introduction (PDF) 4-0 Introduction (PDF)
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4-10 General Construction (PDF) 4-10 General Construction (HTML)
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4-11 Welding (PDF) 4-11 Welding (HTML)
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4-12 Temporary Traffic Control (PDF) 4-12 Temporary Traffic Control (HTML)
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4-15 Existing Facilities (PDF) 4-15 Existing Facilities (HTML)
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4-16 Temporary Facilities (PDF) 4-16 Temporary Facilities (HTML)
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4-17 Clearing and Grubbing (PDF) 4-17 Clearing and Grubbing (HTML)
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4-18 Dust Palliatives (PDF) 4-18 Dust Palliatives (HTML)
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4-19 Earthwork (PDF) 4-19 Earthwork (HTML)
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4-20 Landscape (PDF) 4-20 Landscape (HTML)
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4-21 Erosion Control (PDF) 4-21 Erosion Control (HTML)
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4-22 Finishing Roadway (PDF) 4-22 Finishing Roadway (HTML)
August 2019
4-24 Stabilized Soils (PDF) 4-24 Stabilized Soils (HTML)
July 2019
4-25 Aggregate Subbases (PDF) 4-25 Aggregate Subbases (HTML)
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4-26 Aggregate Bases (PDF) 4-26 Aggregate Bases (HTML)
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4-27 Cement Treated Bases (PDF) 4-27 Cement Treated Bases (HTML)
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4-28 Concrete Bases (PDF) 4-28 Concrete Bases (HTML)
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4-29 Treated Permeable Bases (PDF) 4-29 Treated Permeable Bases (HTML)
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4-30 Reclaimed Pavements (PDF) 4-30 Reclaimed Pavements (HTML)
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4-36 Surfacing and Pavements—General (PDF) 4-36 Surfacing and Pavements—General (HTML)
July 2019
4-37 Seal Coats (PDF) 4-37 Seal Coats (HTML)
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4-39 Asphalt Concrete (PDF) 4-39 Asphalt Concrete (HTML)
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4-40 Concrete Pavement (PDF) 4-40 Concrete Pavement (HTML)
July 2019
4-41 Existing Concrete Pavement (PDF) 4-41 Existing Concrete Pavement (HTML)
July 2019
4-42 Groove and Grind Concrete (PDF) 4-42 Groove and Grind Concrete (HTML)
July 2019
4-46 Ground Anchors and Soil Nails (PDF) 4-46 Ground Anchors and Soil Nails (HTML)
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4-47 Earth Retaining Systems (PDF) 4-47 Earth Retaining Systems (HTML)
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4-48 Temporary Structures (PDF) 4-48 Temporary Structures (HTML)
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4-49 Piling (PDF) 4-49 Piling (HTML)
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4-50 Prestressing Concrete (PDF) 4-50 Prestressing Concrete (HTML)
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4-51 Concrete Structures (PDF) 4-51 Concrete Structures (HTML)
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4-52 Reinforcement (PDF) 4-52 Reinforcement (HTML)
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4-53 Shotcrete (PDF) 4-53 Shotcrete (HTML)
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4-54 Waterproofing (PDF) 4-54 Waterproofing (HTML)
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4-55 Steel Structures (PDF) 4-55 Steel Structures (HTML)
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4-56 Overhead Sign Structures, Standards, and Poles (PDF) 4-56 Overhead Sign Structures, Standards, and Poles (HTML)
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4-57 Wood and Plastic Lumber Structures (PDF) 4-57 Wood and Plastic Lumber Structures (HTML)
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4-58 Sound Walls (PDF) 4-58 Sound Walls (HTML)
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4-59 Structural Steel Coatings (PDF) 4-59 Structural Steel Coatings (HTML)
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4-60 Existing Structures (PDF) 4-60 Existing Structures (HTML)
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4-61 Drainage Facilities—General (PDF) 4-61 Drainage Facilities—General (HTML)
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4-64 Plastic Pipe (PDF) 4-64 Plastic Pipe (HTML)
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4-65 Concrete Pipe (PDF) 4-65 Concrete Pipe (HTML)
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4-66 Corrugated Metal Pipe (PDF) 4-66 Corrugated Metal Pipe (HTML)
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4-67 Structural Plate Culverts (PDF) 4-67 Structural Plate Culverts (HTML)
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4-68 Subsurface Drains (PDF) 4-68 Subsurface Drains (HTML)
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4-69 Overside Drains (PDF) 4-69 Overside Drains (HTML)
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4-70 Miscellaneous Drainage Facilities (PDF) 4-70 Miscellaneous Drainage Facilities (HTML)
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4-71 Existing Drainage Facilities (PDF) 4-71 Existing Drainage Facilities (HTML)
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4-72 Slope Protection (PDF) 4-72 Slope Protection (HTML)
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4-73 Concrete Curbs and Sidewalks (PDF) 4-73 Concrete Curbs and Sidewalks (HTML)
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4-74 Pumping Equipment and Controls (PDF) 4-74 Pumping Equipment and Controls (HTML)
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4-75 Miscellaneous Metal (PDF) 4-75 Miscellaneous Metal (HTML)
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4-78 Incidental Construction (PDF) 4-78 Incidental Construction (HTML)
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4-80 Fences (PDF) 4-80 Fences (HTML)
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4-81 Miscellaneous Traffic Control Devices (PDF) 4-81 Miscellaneous Traffic Control Devices (HTML)
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4-82 Signs and Markers (PDF) 4-82 Signs and Markers (HTML)
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4-83 Railings and Barriers (PDF) 4-83 Railings and Barriers (HTML)
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4-84 Markings (PDF) 4-84 Markings (HTML)
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4-86 Electrical Equipment and Materials (PDF) 4-86 Electrical Equipment and Materials (HTML)
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4-87 Electrical Systems (PDF) 4-87 Electrical Systems (HTML)
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4-90 Concrete (PDF) 4-90 Concrete (HTML)
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4-91 Paint (PDF) 4-91 Paint (HTML)
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4-92 Asphalt Binders (PDF) 4-92 Asphalt Binders (HTML)
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4-94 Asphaltic Emulsions (PDF) 4-94 Asphaltic Emulsions (HTML)
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4-95 Epoxy (PDF) 4-95 Epoxy (HTML)
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4-96 Geosynthetics (PDF) 4-96 Geosynthetics (HTML)
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Chapter 5 - Contract Administration










5-0 Conduct of the Work (PDF) 5-0 Conduct of the Work (HTML)
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5-1 Project Records and Reports (PDF) 5-1 Project Records and Reports (HTML)
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5-2 Funds (PDF) 5-2 Funds (HTML)
July 2019
5-3 Change Orders (PDF) 5-3 Change Orders (HTML)
September 2019
5-4 Disputes (PDF) 5-4 Disputes (HTML)
December 2019
5-5 Emergency Contract Administration (PDF) 5-5 Emergency Contract Administration (HTML)
July 2019
Chapter 6 - Sampling and Testing


6-1 Sample Types and Frequencies (PDF) 6-1 Sample Types and Frequencies (HTML)
October 2019
6-2 Acceptance of Manufactured or Fabricated Materials and Products (PDF) 6-2 Acceptance of Manufactured or Fabricated Materials and Products (HTML)
September 2019
6-3 Field Tests (PDF) 6-3 Field Tests (HTML)
July 2019
Chapter 7 - Environmental Stewardship
7-1 Environmental Rules and Requirements (PDF) 7-1 Environmental Rules and Requirements (HTML)
November 2019
Chapter 8 - Employment Practices




8-1 Labor Compliance (PDF) 8-1 Labor Compliance (HTML)
July 2019
8-2 Equal Employment Opportunity (PDF) 8-2 Equal Employment Opportunity (HTML)
July 2019
8-3 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (PDF) 8-3 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (HTML)
July 2019
Chapter 9 - Projects Sponsored by Others


9-1 Construction Contract Administration for Projects Sponsored by Others (PDF) 9-1 Construction Contract Administration for Projects Sponsored by Others (HTML)
July 2019
9-2 Projects Administered by a Local Agency on the State Highway System (PDF) 9-2 Projects Administered by a Local Agency on the State Highway System (HTML)
July 2019

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