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 and three groups: Administrative Section, Alternate Project Delivery Section, Environmental Section, In-House Design Section, Quality Assurance and Project Management Section, Survey and Mapping Section, Consultant Services Group, Engineering Operations Group, and Initial Design Group.
The Administrative Section is responsible for personnel and payroll transactions, employee expense account settlements, invoice payments, such as consultant invoices, obtaining permits, mitigation credits, reimbursements to other entities, etc. Purchases, such as contracted goods and services, travel, equipment, etc. Project funding authorization extensions, closures, and inactive reviews and billing vendors.
Alternative Project Delivery Section
The Alternative Project Delivery Section more commonly referred to as “Design Build”, was added to the Engineering Division in 2014. The need to create this section became imperative due to the increased use of the Design Build method of project delivery. This style of project delivery, as well as other new innovative concepts, allows the Engineering Division to streamline design and construction, providing the traveling public with a quicker, less expensive innovative project if used correctly.
The Environmental 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 Section also acts as liaison between various historical and resource government agencies and other divisions within the Department of Transportation.
In-House Design Section
In-House Design Section is responsible for the in-house preparation of plans and specifications for the construction, reconstruction, and relocation of all roadways and bridges within the State Highway System.
Quality Assurance and Project Management Section
The Quality Assurance and Project Management Section is responsible for the review and approval of the design plans that are prepared and submitted by consultant firms.
Survey and Mapping Section
Survey and Mapping Section is responsible for the following: Topographic, Land Resource and Boundary, Hydrographic, Bathymetric, Construction Layout, Stakeout, Geodetic Control Monitoring & Quantity Take-off, Rail and Tunneling and Subsurface Utility Exploration, Photogrammetric, Airborne LiDAR, Mobile LiDAR, Terrestrial Point Clouds, Edge Modeling, Digital Terrain Models, and Georeferenced CADD Products.
Consultant Services Group
The Consultant Services Group 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 of Transportation. We also publish Consultant Confidential Qualification Questionnaire and Cost Accounting Statement forms.
Engineering Operations Group
The Engineering Operations Group is responsible for building and maintaining databases that coordinate specific data as well as sharing general data for program development. Maintaining software needs for real time estimates and develop PS&E submissions to Contract Administration. Manage post letting data, maintaining final plan and data submissions, closeout projects, track financial end dates and inactive lists and coordinate shop drawing information. Develop reports for programmatic needs and manage structure design number information.
Initial Design Group
The Initial Design Group is tasked with studying alignment alternatives for various highway and bridge improvement projects. The study and recommendations are presented in a formal Design Study Report which is forwarded to the Deputy State Highway Engineer - Construction and Development, for Location and Design Approval. Once Location and Design Approval has been received, the Design Study Report, survey information, and alignment files are forwarded to either In-House Design Section or Quality Assurance and Project Management Section so that 300-Series Contract Plan development may begin.
Raymond J. "R. J." Scites, P.E.
Phone: (304) 558-2885