FEDERAL-AID POLICY GUIDE
December 9, 1991, Transmittal 1
(1) Projects will be designed in accordance with standards, specifications, policies, and guides prescribed in 23 CFR, Part 625, Design Standards for Highways, or the ap proved BIA Road Location and Design Hand book, as applicable. Careful consideration should be given to location, alignment, and design on new low-volume type roads so the initial investment will not be lost if it becomes necessary at a later date to im prove the road to higher standards. The BIA is responsible for submitting the BIA Road Location and Design Handbook to the FHWA for review and approval.
(2) Except as modified in paragraph 8b(3) below, plan assemblies will include a title sheet, typical cross sections, summary of quantities, plan and profile sheets, struc tural design, and any standard or special drawings required to properly detail the proposed construction.
(3) When appropriate, project plans may be abbreviated by consisting of a title sheet, typical cross sections, summary of quanti ties, schedule of work, and any standard or special drawings for 3R and reconstruction type projects or minor work. No profile or cross section sheets are needed except where required to indicate significant changes in grade or typical cross section. A drainage structure schedule should be included in the plans.
(4) The plan title sheet will show the title, key map, project map with sufficient iden tifying information so that the project may be easily located, an index of the sheets in the plans, appropriate signature block, design designation including design speed, maximum grades and curvature, minimum nonpassing sight distance, current and de sign year traffic volumes, the design load for structures, and project length. All plan sheets will be identified by project number, page number, and date of latest revision. These page numbers and dates will also be shown in the index of sheets.
(5) The latest edition of the Standard Specifications for Construction of Roads and Bridges on Federal Highway Projects will generally be used with the necessary special provisions to adapt them for force account work under the BIA supervision. On work to be performed by contract, the stan dard specifications of the State highway agency of the State in which the project is located may be substituted when properly modified to meet the requirements of Feder al construction contracts.
(1) the method by which the project is to be constructed;
(2) a statement that the BIA has obtained necessary rights-of-way, utility agreements, archaeological clearance, and flood hazard clearance;
(3) a statement that environmental requirements have been met;
(4) a statement to identify responsibility for future maintenance of the proposed project; and
(5) documentation on safety requirements of other applicable laws and regulations.
(1) Changes of the contract plans or specifications shall have the concurrence of the BIA Area Director.
(2) The Federal Lands Highway divisions, or others, performing the contract administra tion shall furnish project status reports to the BIA and afford the BIA an opportuni ty to participate in project inspections.
(3) Upon completion, the BIA shall furnish written recommendations to the FHWA for project acceptance prior to FHWA acceptance and final payment to the contractor. The FHWA will furnish the BIA a final construc tion report and as-constructed plans.
(4) The FHWA Federal Lands Highway divisions shall be responsible for all payments to contractors and/or other service received which are under the responsibilities of FHWA.
(1) The term State highway department shall mean BIA.
(2) The term State shall mean the political subdivision in which the project is located (i.e., Indian lands or reservation).
(3) The term Federal-aid System or Federal-aid Secondary System shall mean BIA Road Sys tem.