These Standard Specifications for Road, Bridge, and Municipal Construction have been prepared by the Washing ton State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for use as a standard for construction work to be provided to the public.
It was prepared for use by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as a standard for construction work to be provided to the public.
The standard specifications are incorporated into the written contract between WSDOT as the contracting agency and the contractor (Contract), except where the Contract indicates that specific specifications have been modified or replaced by special provisions to solve project-specific problems. The decision to modify or replace a standard specification with a special clause is made during the design process and is based on sound engineering judgment of the project designer.
These standard specifications reflect the result of years of refinement through literally hundreds of projects delivered by the Department each year. In addition, the standard specifications are the result of countless hours of development and review, not only by WSDOT’s internal staff, but also by industry partners through a joint standing committee of WSDOT and associated general contractors.
Finally, these standards reflect a balance between contracting philosophy and risk allocation that WSDOT has adopted over the years. We believe this balance of risk results in the lowest ultimate cost solution to transportation needs. For example, shifting risk to the contract or may increase the certainty of the final cost, but may result in higher initial costs.
On the other hand, if the owner accepts more risk, the initial cost will be lower, but the final cost certainty will be lower. The Department of Transportation believes that it has reached the optimal point of balance with respect to risk and will continue to consider this balance in future revisions of the specification.