The Construction Program coordinates all activities connected with highway construction. This includes specification maintenance, bid preparation, letting, bid analysis, contract execution, contract administration, construction problem resolution and contractor payments.
The Materials Bureau tests all materials used in the construction of highways to make sure they meet contract specifications. Wide ranges of tests are performed on concrete, asphalt, soils, paint, water, fertilizer, oil, wood, metal and other products.
Contract Plans Bureau
The Contract Plans Bureau lets to contract all highway projects in Montana's diverse and complex highway construction program. The bureau completes and produces final engineering documents, plans, specifications, and estimates; advertises, amends, lets to contract, and recommends award of contracts; and completes the award process for a multitude of civil engineering and highway construction projects for the Department. The bureau also maintains and distributes standard drawings, plan holders lists, standard road and bridge specifications, and posts to website. The bureau is also responsible for revising, maintaining, and updating the Contract Management System (CMS) and other automated systems associated with the contract letting process.
Construction Administration Services Bureau
The Construction Administration Services Bureau is responsible for planning and administering construction program operations and contract administration activities including developing and implementing new standards and methods as well as administering current projects, and ensuring that projects in development reflect the most recent standards for administration purposes. The bureau also directs the development and administration of construction and contract administration computer programs and automated systems, and manages the Department's general Construction staffing and equipment budgets, as well as the Construction Administration Services Bureau's budget, policies, and equipment.
Construction Engineering Services Bureau
The Construction Engineering Services Bureau is responsible for issuing direction on technical construction issues, general construction issue resolution, construction oversight and uniformity, construction project reviews, implementation and follow-up of constructability and post construction review findings, change order discussions, value engineering proposal investigation and recommendations, non-uniformity complaint resolution and implementation of new construction processes, procedures and specifications.