FHWA want to update regulations for engineering, design-related services

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The Federal Highway Administration has proposed an update to its regulations for using engineering consultants on highway construction projects. FHWA said the updates would enhance public accountability, ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations and help ensure more open competition and the selection of consultants based on best qualification and experience.

The updates also clarify certain flexibilities, such as the use of on-call contracts, to improve the effectiveness of using consultants. To comment on FHWA’s notice of proposed rulemaking, go to www.regulations.gov; the docket number is FHWA–2012–0043.