In this six-part article, a Greensboro contractor attorney is discussing many exciting opportunities for contractors and subcontractors to work on transportation construction projects with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). In the first and second parts, we introduced you to NCDOT and also discussed highway, roadway, and bridge construction projects. In this section, we will discuss NCDOT’s Division of Highways and their system for taking on these projects.
NCDOT’s Division of Highways
NCDOT separates its roadway responsibilities into 14 regions within the state. These 14 regions are monitored by the following four highway divisions that specialize in certain areas of NCDOT’s construction, maintenance, technical, and safety efforts:
Administration Services: Focused on constructing and maintaining the roadways, the Division of Highways’ Administrative Services provides funding for road paving, small construction projects, and ensuring access to public roads. Whether it’s overseeing the work done by contractors or developing criteria for the materials utilized or monitoring the design and construction of the work, this division oversees projects and makes certain that they are performed effectively.
Maintenance and Operations: The Division of Highways’ Maintenance and Operations Section ensures that highways, roadways, and bridges are maintained and operational. From managing pavement to creating sustainable designs for pavers to providing disaster recovery efforts, this division is dedicated to the structural and environmental sustainability of the state’s highway systems.
Technical Services: Many of the planning and design and management services derive from the Division of Highways’ Technical Services division. Here are some areas in which the Technical Services division assists projects during their pre-construction phase:
- Geotechnical Engineering: Providing soil and rock analysis for project sites
- Hydraulics: Evaluating water drainage systems for roadways
- Location and Surveys: Map- and design-related tasks for the project layout
- Photogrammetry: Aerial footage that provides the design and layout for a project
- Human Environment: Analyzes the impact of the project on the surrounding community and people
- Natural Environment: Analyzes the impact of the project on the surrounding natural environment including plants, animals, and wetlands
- Project Development and Roadway Design: Determines the scope of work, tracks the project schedule and budget, and requests updated cost estimates for projects
- Transportation Program Management: Focuses on the research and development needs of a project from conception to post-construction
- Local Programs Management: Provides oversight to the local governing agencies that are receiving this project funding
Transportation Mobility and Safety: The Transportation Mobility and Safety Unit designs and implements traffic signals and transportation technologies into highway systems to promote public safety on highways. From developing strategies to reduce congestion and crashes on highways to installing permanent signs and pavement markings, this department is in charge of a myriad of safety measures related to highway systems in North Carolina.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.