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Number Date Subject Status Summary
E-14-005 9/30/2014 ET-Plus System Guardrail End Treatment Active Places a moratorium on new installations of the ET-Plus System guardrail end treatment and requires this system to be removed from MassDOT lists of qualified traffic attenuators, effective immediately. Allows existing, undamaged installations of the ET-Plus System to remain in place.
E-14-004 7/21/2014 Measures to Enhance Highway Safety Active Identifies physical measures to be used on road and bridge projects to enhance safety for roadway users and work crews. Includes guidance for proper placement of Milled Rumble Strips. Supersedes MassHighway Policy Directive P-04-001, dated 10/18/04.
E-14-003 7/11/2014 June 2014 Construction Standard Details Active Formally issues the June 2014 edition of the Construction Standard Details for use on all projects advertised after July 31, 2014. This edition supersedes the March 2012 edition of the Construction Standard Details issued under E-12-006.
E-14-002 3/24/2014 Minimum Length of Horizontal Curves Active Corrects a portion of Section 4.2 in the Project Development and Design Guide. The changes create consistency with the AASHTO Green Book.
E-14-001 2/4/2014 Design Criteria for MassDOT Highway Division Projects Active Introduces new controlling criteria for pedestrian and bicycle accommodation, to be used with FHWA's 13 controlling criteria for roadways and bridges. Supports Healthy Transportation Policy Directive P-13-0001. Supersedes E-09-005.
E-13-002 3/14/2013 Role of District Bridge Engineers Active Supplements E-11-004, dated 8/4/11, to further define the division of responsibility for bridge designs/reviews between the District Bridge Sections and the Boston Bridge Section.
E-13-001 1/23/2013 Contract Requirements for Bridge Projects Involving the Use of Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs) Active Ensures that requirements are included in construction contracts to ensure the stability of SPMTs during installation and/or removal of bridge structures. Includes special provision language and drawings (Figures 1-4).
E-12-009 07/25/2012 Section 850, Traffic Controls for Construction and Maintenance Operations Active Introduces key revisions to Section 850 included in Division II of the Supplemental Specifications to the Standard Specifications for Highways and Bridges, dated June 15, 2012. Supersedes E-02-003, Safety Controls for Construction Operations, dated 6/26/02.
E-12-008 07/25/2012 Supplemental Specifications - June 15, 2012 Active Formally issues the June 15, 2012 edition of the Supplemental Specifications to the Standard Specifications for Highways and Bridges, for use on all projects advertised after July 1, 2012.
E-12-007 06/07/2012 Accessible Pedestrian Signal Installation Policy Active Announces MassDOT adoption of a new policy regarding the installation of Accessible Pedestrian Signals, effective June 1, 2012.
E-12-006 03/27/2012 March 2012 Construction Standard Details Drawings superseded by Engineering Directive E-14-003 Formally issued the March 2012 edition of the Construction Standard Details for use on all projects advertised after March 31, 2012. This edition superseded the 2010 Edition of the Construction Standard Details and incorporated\ the drawings issued under E-12-004 and E-12-005.
E-12-005 03/27/2012 Walks and Wheelchair Ramps Active Provides guidance to designers and construction engineers for the proper design and construction of wheelchair ramps. Includes a new series of "Notes" to supplement the Construction Standard Details, and 9 new or revised drawings for the Construction Standard Details.
E-12-004 03/27/2012 Revised and Updated Construction Standard Details Active Issues 9 revised drawings for the Construction Standard Details for immediate use. These drawings incorporate changes to correct minor drafting and terminology errors found in the original versions of these drawings dated August 2010.
E-12-003 01/25/2012 Environmental Permitting Policy for Utility Relocations within MassDOT Projects Active Reiterates that the environmental permits for MassDOT projects shall include consideration for all utility relocations necessitated by each project. Requires the utility owner to obtain necessary environmental permits if they change their utility relocation after the project is advertised for construction bids.
E-12-002 01/06/2012 Use of Stay-in-Place Forms for Bridge Deck Construction Active Provides guidelines for the use of Stay-in-Place (SIP) Forms for the construction of bridge decks on MassDOT highway bridge projects. Includes specific locations where SIP forms shall not be used because these forms block the underside of the deck from view and hinder condition inspections.
E-12-001 01/06/2012 MassDOT Highway Division CAD Standards Active Formally issues the MassDOT Highway Division CAD Standards for use on all projects beginning after 12/31/11. The standards include MassDOT's migration from using Autodesk Land Development Desktop software to using AutoCAD Civil 3D software.
E-11-009 12/08/2011 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Preliminary Design Requirements for Federally Funded Transportation Projects Active Clarifies FHWA requirements under NEPA regarding evaluating and mitigating the potential environmental effects of transportation projects. Defines activities that may be advanced under preliminary design prior to completion of the NEPA review process. Directs that MassDOT not take any action that will prejudice selection of a preferred alternative.
E-11-008 12/08/2011 MassDOT Utility Reimbursement Policy Active Defines the Utility Reimbursement Policy for all projects advertised after 09/30/2012. Provides for 100% reimbursement to municipally-owned utilities and 50% incentive-based reimbursement to privately-owned utilities.
E-11-007 10/07/2011 Mast Arm and Foundation Details Standard Drawings Active Supersedes E-11-002. All text is identical, except for a corrected reference to the Span Wire Assembly Foundation Charts dated November 1994. The previous version of this directive referred to an older version of these charts.
E-11-006 10/07/2011 Proposed Utility Relocation Durations within MassDOT Construction Contracts Active Requires MassDOT to include the time necessary to perform all utility relocation work associated with a construction project in the contract duration for the project, effective immediately.
E-11-005 10/07/2011 Right-of-Way Policy for Utility Relocations within MassDOT Projects Active Requires MassDOT to acquire all necessary ROW for the accommodation, removal and relocation of utilities as part of the ROW process for all projects advertised after 9/30/1
E-11-004 08/04/2011 Responsibility and Authorized Signatories for Bridge and Other Structural Design Approvals Active Supersedes E-09-004. Defines the division of responsibility between the Districts and the Boston Bridge Section for approval of bridge and other structural designs. Also identifies persons authorized to sign Bridge Sketch Plans and Bridge Construction Drawings. Supplemented by E-13-002 on 3/14/13.
E-11-003 08/04/2011 Electronic Utility Plan Submissions Active Supersedes E-10-003. Modifies the procedure for Designers to submit Utility Plans to MassDOT in electronic format. Provides updated guidelines for preparing AutoCAD drawing layers and for submitting materials for review.
E-11-002 3/03/2011 Mast Arm and Foundation Details Standard Drawings Superseded by Engineering Directive E-11-007 Introduced new standard drawings dated 2/24/11 that superseded various drawings dated 1/2/85. Included additional design guidance. Must be used on all projects that had not been submitted for review at the 75% design stage as of 3/1/11.
E-11-001 3/03/2011 Traffic and Safety Engineering 25% Design Submission Guidelines Active Introduces and adopts new design submission guidelines that supersede the 1/6/04 version of the same. Includes guidance for the preparation of the Functional Design Report. Must be used on all projects that have not been submitted for review at the 25% design stage as of 3/1/11.
E-10-008 12/8/2010 Deep Foundation Construction Records and Procedures - Additional Submittal in Electronic Format Active Requires submittal of certain deep foundation records in electronic PDF format to the Geotechnical Engineer. Requirement is in addition to other requirements for paper submittals, as per the Bridge Manual and Construction Standard Operating Procedures.
E-10-007 09-08-10 2010 Construction Standard Details Drawings superseded by Engineering Directive E-12-006 Formally issued the 2010 Construction Standard Details for use on MassDOT Highway Division projects advertised after 9/30/10. Superseded the 1997 DPW Construction Standards, the 1996 MassHighway Construction Standard Details, the 2003 MassHighway Supplemental Drawings and various Engineering Directives, in whole or in part.
E-10-006 09-08-10 Submission of Questions from Bidders Active Establishes guidelines for acceptance of questions from bidders on MassDOT Highway Division projects. Also provides guidelines for responding to such questions.
E-10-005 08-12-10 Design Consultant Performance Evaluations Active Establishes a formal procedure for evaluating the performance of consultant design firms on MassDOT Highway Division projects. Replaces all previous procedures used for this purpose. Includes a new standard performance evaluation form.
E-10-004 08-12-10 Procedures for the Use of Concrete Produced by Volumetric (Mobile) Concrete Mixers Active Establishes procedures and provides guidance for the use of Volumetric (Mobile) Concrete Mixers on MassDOT Highway Division projects and facilities. Includes a prequalification process and quality control procedures.
E-10-003 05-05-2010 Electronic Utility Plan Submissions Superseded by Engineering Directive E-11-003 Establishes a procedure for Designers to submit Utility Plans to MassDOT in electronic format. Provides guidelines for preparing AutoCAD drawing layers and for submitting materials for review.
E-10-002 04-20-2010 Contractor Performance Reports Active The purpose of this Engineering Directive is to implement new Contractor Performance Reports for both general contractors and subcontractors.
E-10-001 04-20-2010 Guidance for the Use of Adhesive Anchors Active This Directive provides guidance and procedures to be followed for each potential use of adhesive anchors on MassDOT Highway Division facilities or on MassDOT Highway Division projects.
E-09-007 12-18-2009 Mechanical Reinforcing Bar Splicer Active Modifies various physical requirements for Mechanical Reinforcing Bar Splicers.
E-09-006 12-18-2009 Air Content Tolerance for Cement Concrete Active Modifies the Air Content tolerance for Cement Concrete to plus or minus 1.5% of the percentages required in the contract documents.
E-09-005 08-21-2009 Design Criteria for MassHighway Projects and Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Requirements Superseded by Engineering Directive E-14-001 Superseded E-97-007, supplemented P/E-06-001, and updated the Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation criteria and review procedure.
E-09-004 08-21-2009 Signatory Approvals for Bridge Sketch Plans and Construction Drawings Superseded by Engineering Directive E-11-004 Supersedes E-08-004. Defines the signatory approvals required for all Bridge drawings. Provides groups of persons authorized to sign each type of drawing and recognizes the Accelerated Bridge Program office as a separate approval entity.
E-09-003 06-18-2009 Hook Lock Grates for Catch Basins Guidance text valid. Drawings superseded by Engineering Directive E-10-007. Supersedes and replaces E-09-002. Introduces technical corrections to previous drawings. Application is essentially the same as in E-09-002. Still requires Hook Lock Grates to be used as the standard catch basin grates on MassHighway roadways.
E-09-002 01-16-2009 Hook Lock Grates for Catch Basins Superseded by Engineering Directive E-09-003 Requires Hook Lock Grates to be used as the standard catch basin grates on MassHighway roadways. Introduces new Standard Construction Drawings related to this initiative.
E-09-001 01-16-2009 Revised Procedure for Determining the Monthly Price Adjustment for Hot Mix Asphalt Mixtures Active Establishes a new procedure for determining price adjustments for hot mix asphalt used on MassHighway construction contracts, effective 12/15/08. Provides Special Provisions to be inserted into all affected contracts.
E-08-004 12/19/2008 Consultant Design Title Block for Bridge Plans Superseded by Engineering Directive E-09-004 Modifies Bridge Manual Drawing Number 1.1.4 to require the Consultant designer to sign and seal the bridge plans as the Engineer of Record, effective January 1, 2009. The Director of Bridges and Structures and the Chief Engineer shall no longer sign bridge plans designed by Consultant firms.
E-08-003 10/15/2008 Work Zone Safety and OSHA Work Site Checklists Active Reinforces MassHighway's commitment to overall safety on construction and maintenance projects. Provides safety checklists to be posted in all field offices and to be used to aid field personnel with daily work site inspections.
E-08-002 10/15/2008 Field Quality Control Procedures for Signs and Messages Active Reinforces MassHighway procedures for inspecting all signs and messages prior to installation or activation. Includes detailed quality control procedures for field personnel.
E-08-001 08/15/2008 Approval of Shop Drawings Active Modifies the Shop Drawing Approval Procedures in the MassHighway Bridge Manual by allowing drawings to be "Approved as Noted".
E-07-003 10/22/2007 Drainage Structures Active Reinforces MassHighway guidance and policies regarding the design, construction and maintenance of drainage structures and roadway drainage systems. Prohibits the installation of drainage structure risers on all MassHighway roadways and facilities.
E-07-002 10/22/2007 Proposed Utility Relocations Within MassHighway Design Projects Active Reinforces existing policy and protocol relative to public and private utility relocations on MassHighway projects. Provides guidance to designers for utility locations and for coordinating with all affected parties during the design process.
E-07-001 7/27/2007 MassHighway Bridge Manual, Parts I & II, 2005 Edition, 2007 Revisions Active Amends the Bridge Manual, Parts I & II, 2005 Edition. Effective August 1, 2007, the MassHighway Bridge Manual, Parts I & II, 2005 Edition, Revised 2007, shall be the standard for projects to be advertised by MassHighway and shall supersede all previous editions of the MassHighway Bridge Manual.
E-06-005 10/13/2006 Full Implementation for Use of Precast Portable Concrete Barrier Active Supersedes Engineering Directive E-06-004. Modifies the effective date for use of Precast Portable Concrete Barrier. Applies only to construction contracts advertised after January 1, 2007.
E-06-004 8/21/2006 Full Implementation for Use of Precast Portable Concrete Barrier Superseded by Engineering Directive E-06-005 Requires all Precast Portable Concrete Barrier to be in conformance with Construction Standard Drawings M/E 403.1, M/E 403.2 and M/E 403.3, effective January 1, 2007. Supersedes Engineering Directives e-96-003 and E-02-004.
E-06-003 8/1/2006 Personal Protective Safety Equipment for Contractor Personnel Active Introduces new language to be included in the contract documents for all projects advertised for bid on or after 8/1/06, requiring Contractor personnel to wear hardhats, safety vests and other personal protective equipment while working within the project limits.
E-06-002 3/27/2006 Standard Drawings and Details for the Development of Traffic Management Plans Active Establishes the Standard Drawings and Details for the Development of Traffic Management Plans as the basis for the preparation of all Traffic Management Plans, effective March 15, 2006. This is a new publication.
E-06-001 2/13/2006 Massachusetts Highway Department Project Development and Design Guidebook, 2006 Edition Active Establishes the 2006 Project Development and Design Guidebook as the standard for use on all projects, replacing the 1997 Highway Design Manual, effective January 30, 2006. Incorporates and makes obsolete Engineering Directives e-93-007, e-93-011, e-98-003, e-99-004 and E-02-005.
E-05-005 11/17/2005 MassHighway Bridge Manual, Parts I & II, 2005 Edition, Customary US Units Active Establishes the 2005 Bridge Manual as the standard for bridge design projects, effective December 1, 2005. This manual supersedes all previous editions of the MassHighway Bridge Manual.
E-05-004 11/17/2005 Acceptance Criteria for Ready-Mixed Cement Concrete Active Modifies the acceptance criteria for ready-mixed cement concrete to more closely reflect the standards set forth in AASHTO, ACE and ASTM. Specifies test cylinder and coring requirements.
E-05-003 6/16/2005 Pavement Markings on Open-Graded Friction Course (OGFC) Active Requires the use of Epoxy Pavement Markings and Reflectorized Pavement Markers (Slotted in Pavement) on OGFC and OGFC-P wearing surfaces. Prohibits the use of Thermoplastic Pavement Markings and Snowplowable Raised Reflectorized Pavement Markers on OGFC and OGFC-P wearing surfaces.
E-05-002 3/2/2005 New Construction Drawings for Guardrail Buried in Back-Slope Guidance text valid. Drawings superseded by Engineering Directive E-10-007. Introduced 5 new drawings for the Construction Standards relative to a non-proprietary guardrail end treatment. Includes conditions for use and special provision requirements.
E-05-001 2/14/2005 Jobsite Concrete Slump Adjustment Active Supersedes Engineering Directive E-03-001. Changes the maximum allowable amount of hold-back water under this alternative procedure to adjust concrete slump at the jobsite.
E-04-007 12/16/2004 Detectable Warning Panels - Revised Guidance text valid. Drawings superseded by Engineering Directive E-10-007. Modified Engineering Directive E-04-003 by revising 2 drawings for the Construction Standards relative to placing detectable warning panels on wheelchair ramps, as required by the FHWA and in accordance with ADA and AAB regulations.
E-04-006 12/3/2004 New Construction Drawings for Installation of Rumble Strips Superseded by Enginereing Directive E-10-007 Introduced 2 new drawings for the Construction Standards relative to the proper installation of Rumble Strips. New drawings were in accordance with Policy Directive P-04-001 and MHD Standard Specifications.
E-04-005 4/16/2004 Cantilever Retaining Walls Guidance text valid. Drawings superseded by Engineering Directive E-10-007. Introduced 7 new drawings for the Construction Standards relative to the use of cantilever retaining walls. Includes suggested text for special provisions that are also required if cantilever retaining walls are used.
E-04-004 4/16/2004 Revised Construction Drawings Superseded by Engineering Directive E-10-007 Introduced 4 revised M/E drawings for the Construction Standards - 1 berm drawing and 3 guardrail drawings.
E-04-003 4/16/2004 Detectable Warning Panels Modified by Engineering Directives E-04-007 and E-10-007 Introduced 2 new M/E drawings for the Construction Standards relative to placing detectable warning panels on wheelchair ramps, as required by the FHWA.
E-04-002 7/30/2003 Guidance for Designers to Minimize Travel Delays During Construction Operations Active Provides guidance for designers regarding the establishment of appropriate construction work hours and other Traffic Management Plan requirements to minimize travel delays and inconveniences during construction.
E-04-001 7/30/2003 Use of the English System of Measurements Active Formally declares that MHD will use the English System of Measurements for all new work, effective October 1, 2003. Supersedes Engineering Directives e-95-004 and e-95-005, which previously instituted use of the Metric System.
E-03-002 6/2/2003 Measures to Limit Motorist Travel Delays Through Construction Workzones Active Supersedes Engineering Directive e-93-005. Reinforces procedures necessary to limit travel delays during construction operations. Contains guidance on the "12-Minute Rule".
E-03-001 5/15/2003 Jobsite Concrete Slump Adjustment Superseded by Engineering Directive E-05-001 Establishes an alternative procedure to adjust concrete slump at the jobsite by allowing the use of hold-back water.
E-02-005 12/17/2002 Early Environmental Coordination for Design Projects Obsolete Established standard procedures to identify design parameters, initiate early coordination with communities and define essential information necessary for early environmental reviews. Incorporated into 2006 Project Development and Design Guidebook 2/13/06.
E-02-004 10/31/2002 Temporary Precast Concrete Median Barrier Superseded by Engineering Directive E-06-004 Introduces 3 new M/E drawings for the Construction Standards and establishes an implementation schedule for use of the new precast portable concrete barrier. Relative to Payment Item 853.2.
E-02-003 6/26/2002 Safety Controls for Construction Operations Superseded by Engineering Directive E-12-009 Directs that Item 851. Safety Controls for Construction Operations shall be included in most projects advertised after July 1, 2002. This work will now be measured and paid on a Unit-Day basis.
E-02-002 6/26/2002 Mobilization Active Directs that Item 748. Mobilization shall be included in all projects advertised after July 1, 2002.
E-02-001 5/21/2002 Guardrail End Treatments and Elimination of Back-up Plates Active Reinforces existing policy relative to proper guardrail end treatments and establishes new policy relative to the proper use of guardrail back-up plates.
E-01-001 6/1/2001 Polymer Modified Open-Graded Friction Course (OGFC-P) Active Directs that Polymer Modified Open-Graded Friction Course (OGFC-P) must be used in place of Open-Graded Friction Course (OGFC) on all contracts where OGFC would normally be used as a wearing surface.
E-00-002 9/29/2000 New and Revised Drawings for "Construction and Traffic Standard Details" Superseded by Supplemental Drawings to the Construction Standards (12/01) Introduced 8 new, revised or obsolete drawings for the Construction and Traffic Standard Details. All changes were for guardrail drawings in conformance with NCHRP 350 testing requirements.
E-00-001 3/13/2000 Revisions to the MassHighway Bridge Manual Active Introduces revisions to the MassHighway Bridge Manual, Parts I & II, 1995 Metric Edition. The actual revisions, dated December 1999, shall be distributed by the MassHighway Bridge Engineer.
E-99-004 5/12/1999 Standard Mylar Sizes for MassHighway Projects Obsolete Changed the standard mylar sheet size for all MassHighway projects to 24" x 36". Includes revised Highway Design Manual and Bridge Manual drawings. Incorporated into the 2006 Project Development and Design Guidebook 2/13/06.
E-99-003 2/10/1999 New and Revised Drawings for "Construction and Traffic Standard Details" Superseded by Supplemental Drawings to the Construction Standards (12/01) Introduced 10 new or revised drawings for the 1996 Construction and Traffic Standard Details. Included new guard rail drawings in conformance with NCHRP 350 testing requirements.
E-99-002 2/10/1999 Certification of Design Exception Reports Active Directs that all Design Exception Reports be stamped and signed by the designer prior to being submitted for review and approval by the Chief Engineer.
E-99-001 1/14/1999 Slope Paving Under Bridges Active Directs that Reinforced Concrete Slab Special Slope Paving Under Bridges must be used in place of granite block slope paving in new applications. Also provides direction regarding maintenance applications.
E-98-004 10/30/1998 Permit Requirements for the Use of Controlled Density Fill in Trench Cuts Under Pavement Active Supersedes Engineering Directive e-93-006. Clarifies requirements for the use of Controlled Density Fill and contains minimum conditions which must be met by permit applicants who choose not to use this type of backfill material.
E-98-003 5/5/1998 Response to MGL CH 87 Acts of 1996 - Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Obsolete Superseded Engineering Directive e-98-002. Notes that maintenance type projects funded through the Chapter 90 (local aid) Program are excluded from the provisions of this Directive. Incorporated into the 2006 Project Development and Design Guidebook 2/13/06.
E-98-002 4/7/1998 Response to MGL CH 87 Acts of 1996 - Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Superseded by Engineering Directive e-98-003 Superseded Engineering Directive e-97-005. Stressed that the Directive was to have been addressed on all projects at the 25% design level and that it applied to all projects funded with state money, inluding Chapter 90 (local aid) funds.
E-98-001 3/13/1998 Consultant Performance Evaluation Superseded by Engineering Directive E-10-005 Documented and implemented an improved Consultant Performance Evaluation System on a Department-wide basis. Allowed for input from several disciplines and for periodic feedback to design consultants during the design process.
E-97-008 10/9/1997 Architectural Access Board and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements Active Identifies AAB and ADA requirements. See also Wheelchair Ramp Standards booklet dated 10/8/97.
E-97-007 10/9/1997 Projects Exempt from Controlling Criteria Superseded by Engineering Directive E-09-005 Identifies types of projects which are so limited in scope that application of the normal design standards of the Highway Design Manual and AASHTO is unreasonable. These projects do not require formal approval of design exceptions.
E-97-006 8/21/1997 Acceptable bridge deck overlay thicknesses on state highway resurfacing projects Active Formally notifies MassHighway engineering personnel of the requirements to establish the maximum permissible bituminous concrete overlay thickness on all State or Interstate highway bridges for resurfacing projects.
E-97-005 7/7/1997 Response to MGL CH 87 Acts of 1996 - Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Superseded by Engineering Directive e-98-002 Superseded Engineering Directive e-97-004. Contained the same language as e-97-004, except for correctly replacing the word "should" with "shoulder" in the second paragraph.
E-97-004 7/1/1997 Response to MGL CH 87 Acts of 1996 - Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Superseded by Engineering Directive e-97-005 Identified MassHighway benchmarks for bicycle and pedestrian accommodation and provided guidance to designers for documenting when such accommodation is not reasonably attainable.
E-97-003 6/12/1997 Geotechnical Section Obsolete Announced the consolidation of the Soils and Foundations Unit of the Research and Materials Division with the Geotechnical Section of the Highway Engineering Division. The combined section is part of the Highway Engineering Division.
E-97-002 2/27/1997 Revised plates for the 1996 Construction and Traffic Standard Details Superseded by Supplemental Drawings to the Construction Standards (12/01) Revised berm and guardrail plates 106.1.0R, 401.1.0R,and 401.3.0R.
E-97-001 1/27/1997 Construction Contracts Section Obsolete Announced the establishment and responsibilities of the Construction Contracts Section. Combined the former Specifications Section with the former Contracts and Prequalification Section. The new section is in the Highway Engineering Division.
E-96-003 4/17/1996 Policy for Acceptance of Temporary Precast Barriers Superseded by Engineering Directive E-06-004 States that Temporary Precast Concrete Median Barrier shall be manufactured in accordance with Section 850.49 of the Standard Specifications. Identifies a procedure for substituting barriers manufactured in accordance with other state DOT specifications.
E-96-002 3/27/1996 Project File Numbers Active Mandates that all project-related inter-departmental correspondence shall contain the assigned Project File Number in the heading.
E-96-001 3/26/1996 Standardization of Crosswalk Markings Active Provides specific requirements for the installation of crosswalk markings on state highways. The directive clarifies information contained in the MUTCD.
E-95-008 12/4/1995 Impact Attenuator Terminals Active Discontinues the use of MELBCT's on all MassHighway projects. Attenuator Terminals shall be designed, bid and constructed using Section 628 of the Standard Specifications for Highways and Bridges.
E-95-007 11/29/1995 Design Standards and the Design Waiver Process for Municipal Projects Obsolete Provided interim guidance for project initiation and approval, design standards, and the design waiver process for municipal projects. Included minimum lane and shoulder widths. Obsolete since publication of the 1997 Highway Design Manual (June, 1997).
E-95-006 9/18/1995 Temporary Precast Concrete Median Barriers Active Establishes a policy that precludes the use of "permanent" concrete median barriers for traffic control and protection of work zones during construction operations. Only "temporary" concrete median barriers may be used for these applications.
E-95-005 8/9/1995 Use of Metric System Superseded by Engineering Directive E-04-001 Supplements Engineering Directive e-95-004. Provides further direction on designing highway and bridge projects in Metric or English units. Identifies specific cut-off dates for designing projects in either system of measure.
E-95-004 6/12/1995 Use of Metric System for all Department Projects and Documents Superseded by Engineering Directive E-04-001 Identifies the Metric System of Measure as the method of measurement for the Department, effective June 18, 1995. Provides direction on waivers. Identifies Department manuals which have been reissued in metric units.
E-95-003 5/17/1995 Railroad Flagging Costs Obsolete Provided direction on reimbursement to contractors for railroad flagging costs. Refer to 1995 Standard Specifications for current direction.
E-95-002 3/28/1995 Bridge Posting Sign Policy Active Provides direction on rescinding bridge postings when bridges are replaced, reconstructed, or rehabilitated.
E-95-001 2/2/1995 Policy for proprietary wall systems Active Provides a systematic policy which enables MassHighway to better utilize proprietary wall systems. Based on FHWA guidelines. Provides information for the consistent selection, review and acceptance of proprietary walls.
E-94-005 12/28/1994 Revisions to the Foundation Charts - Span Wire Assembly Drawings Active Replaced Sheet 4 of 4 (English and Metric) of the Standard Drawings for Span Wire Assembly.
E-94-004 12/9/1994 AAB Regulations and Applications for Permit Access to State Highway Obsolete Mandated that all Permit Applications issued by the District offices contain a statement reaffirming that all permits are subject to the rules and regulations of the Architectural Access Board 521 CMR 1.00 et seq. Made obsolete by S.O.P. HMD-60-02-3-000 issued 12/12/08.
E-94-003 10/26/1994 Revisions to Construction Drawings for Precast Median Barriers Active Modified Construction Standard Drawings Nos. 401.15.1 and 401.15.2 to show that the connecting pin is to be completely contained within the cross section of the barrier.
E-94-002 3/28/1994 Restricting Access to Dangerous Areas Active Declares that all areas under Department jurisdiction judged dangerous for either pedestrian or vehicular traffic shall be barricaded with Jersey Barriers or other suitable devices to prevent access to such areas.
E-94-001 3/10/1994 Direct Expense Payments to Consultants Active Provides further guidance for making direct expense payments to consultants. Supplements information contained in e-93-009.
E-93-011 12/29/1993 Landscape Restoration Policy Obsolete Provided a framework for appropriate landscape restoration for impacts resulting from roadway projects. Incorporated into the 2006 Project Development and Design Guidebook 2/13/06.
E-93-010 11/30/1993 Final Reviews for Construction and Maintenance Contracts Obsolete Identified a procedure for reducing the backlog of construction and maintenance contracts awaiting final review. This process was completed.
E-93-009 11/23/1993 Direct Cost Payments to Subconsultants Active Establishes a new policy to pay consultants for all appropriate charges billed by direct cost subconsultants without requiring them to pay their subconsultants first.
E-93-008 11/3/1993 Revised Title Sheet and Federal Aid Block Incorporated into 1997 Highway Design Manual Identifies a new Title Sheet and Federal Aid Block to be used on all projects. Stresses quality of Construction Contract Tracings. This information is now part of the 1997 Highway Design Manual.
E-93-007 10/26/1993 Revised Schedule of R.O.W. and Utility Submissions Obsolete Identified when plan submissions should be made to the Right of Way Bureau and the Utilities Engineer during the course of a project design. Most of this information was incorporated into the 1997 Highway Design Manual and all was incorporated into the 2006 Project Development and Design Guidebook 2/13/06.
E-93-006 10/21/1993 Use of Controlled Density Fill Superseded by Engineering Directive e-98-004 Required that Controlled Density Fill (CDF) be used as backfill in all trench cuts whenever the Department issues a permit for such work.
E-93-005 10/21/1993 Traffic Delays and Construction Operations Superseded by Engineering Directive E-03-002 Stressed that Resident Engineers must take all necessary measures to ensure that motorist delays are minimized. Identified "12-Minute Delay Rule" for suspending operations and noted that Variable Message Boards shall be used to inform motorists of delays.
E-93-004 10/12/1993 Final Reviews - New Procedure for Verifying Final Quantities Active Identifies a new procedure for verifying final quantities. Outlines a procedure for conducting a statistical audit of final quantities, based on random sampling.
E-93-003 9/22/1993 Recommendations to Specifications Committee Active Asserts that recommendations to the Specifications Committee must be complete and well organized. Nonspecific recommendations will not be considered by the Committee.
E-93-002 7/7/1993 MassHighway CADD Policy Obsolete Established and defined CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) policy for all files created on or after July 19, 1993. No longer a requirement.
E-93-001 6/23/1993 Policy for the use of Modified Eccentric Loading Breakaway Cable Terminals Superseded by Engineering Directive e-95-008 Provided guidelines for the use of Modified Eccentric Loading Breakaway Cable Terminals (MELBCT's) on various types of roadways. Included revised or new Construction Standards plates.
P-92-010 10/8/1992 Non-NHS Bridge R&R Policy Active "Footprint" Bridge R&R Policy. Provides uniform guidelines for the replacement and rehabilitation of any Non-NHS bridge. Also supersedes all previous guidance on the replacement and rehabilitation of Non-NHS, Secondary and Off-System bridges.
N-92-018 8/24/1992 Designing for Handicapped Accessibility Superseded by more current ADA/AAB guidance documents Provided guidelines for the design and construction of sidewalks and wheelchair ramps in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Architectural Access Board (AAB).
N-92-017 8/10/1992 Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for sidewalk cross slope Superseded by more current ADA guidance documents Directed that the standard cross slope for sidewalks be 3/16 inch per foot in accordance with ADA Guidelines which mandated that the cross slope of an accessible route may not exceed 1:50.
N-92-014 6/22/1992 Hazardous Materials and Wetlands Units Permanent Action - Altered MHD Table of Organization Transfered the responsibilities of the Hazardous Materials Unit and the Wetlands Unit from the Highway Engineering Division to the Project Development Division (currently the Environmental Division).
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