The Engineering Division is responsible for the survey and preparation of, or the review and approval of, plans and specifications for the construction, reconstruction, and relocation of all roadways and bridges within the State Highway System. The division is also responsible for the placing of legal notices in newspapers concerning public meetings, public hearings, and location and design requests and approvals, as well as conducting the public meetings and public hearings for the location and design phases of projects.
The Division is organized into six sections: Consultant Review, Consultant Services, Technical Services, In-House Design, Environmental, and Administrative.
The Consultant Review Section is responsible for the review and approval of the design plans that are prepared and submitted by consultant firms.
The Consultant Services Section prepares advertisements for design projects, conducts scope of work meetings, negotiates fees and prepares legal agreements between the Department of Transportation and design consultants as well as other government agencies and private entities. We maintain design consultant qualification files. We publish "Procurement Procedures for Negotiated Contracts" as part of the rules and regulations for the Department. We also publish Consultant Confidential Qualification Questionnaire and Cost Accounting Statement forms. Technical Services Unit provides technical support to the Engineering Division. This includes preparing and maintaining up to date Design Directives, Drainage Manual, Standard Details, Erosion Control Manual, Pavement Design Manual, etc., in Metric versions as well as English. In addition, we do preliminary study reports for bridge replacement projects, hydraulic studies, and oversee all necessary environmental permit applications, as well as prepare PS&E's for all projects.
In-house Design Section is responsible for the survey and in-house preparation of plans and specifications for the construction, reconstruction, and relocation of all roadways and bridges within the State Highway System.
The Environmental Services Section prepares all environmental documents necessary for each highway project in order to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Department of Transportation's Regulations Act and pertinent Executive Orders. Environmental Services also acts as liaison between various historical and resource government agencies and other divisions within the Department.
Raymond J. "R.J." Scites