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2012 STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION - SECTION 105
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Materials Quality Assurance (QA) sampling and testing procedures described in this manual have been developed by Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in accordance with Title 23, of The Code of Federal Regulations, Part 637. Objectives of the program include the design and implementation of sampling and testing procedures to assure that materials are in reasonably close conformity with plans and specifications. The Materials QA program includes acceptance sampling and testing, independent assurance testing, project materials certification, retention of sampling and testing records, verification of test procedures, calibration of testing apparatus and participation in the development and implementation of technical training for personnel involved in materials sampling and testing.

The Materials Quality Assurance Procedures Manual is found at the following link: http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9622_11044_11367-207980--,00.html

2017 Summary of Revisions to the MQAP

The Construction Field Services (CFS) Division has revised the Materials Quality Assurance Procedures (MQAP) Manual. A brief description of the major revisions is presented below.

Manual Section

1.02 Significant revisions to this chapter have occurred.

3.03 Removed “902.01 Aggregates - See Section 3.04.08 of this manual.” from the Schedule No. 2 Special Instructions. Removed “904.03C Emulsified Asphalt - See Section 3.06.06 of this manual.” from the Schedule No. 2 Special Instructions as this process is not applicable to the Region Materials staff. Added Operations Field Services sampling responsibilities for Pre-stressing Strand to the Schedule II Certification Verification Special Instructions.

4.04 Added Section 4.04.06 to define Stockpile Payment procedures when requested of and implemented by the Structural Fabrication Unit.

4.05 Added Section 4.05.07 to define Stockpile Payment procedures when requested of and implemented by the Structural Fabrication Unit.

4.06Added Section 4.06.06 to define Stockpile Payment procedures when requested of and implemented by the Structural Fabrication Unit.

4.07 Revised this chapter to redefine the fabrication inspection of Load Transfer Assemblies for Transverse Joints. Frequency of inspections was changed, allowable Visual Inspection limits were modified and the method of documentation of these inspections was revised.

4.11Added Section 4.11.06 to define Stockpile Payment procedures when requested of and implemented by the Structural Fabrication Unit.

6.04Revised the submittal process for the qualified products evaluation procedure of Non-Shrinking Mortar and Grout, Premixed, Type H-1 (Non-Metallic). Revised physical requirements reporting.

7.01See the following table for major revisions made to the Materials Acceptance Requirements Table.

Aggregate sampling frequencies have been revised for all specified aggregate types presented in the table to cross reference to the Procedures for Aggregate Inspection Manual.


Materials Acceptance Requirements Table Major Revisions


Specification Reference Material Name Basis of Acceptance Change Made and Reason for Change
810.03O Bridge Sign Connections Fabrication Inspection Added material to define basis of acceptance per Structural Fabrication Unit.
908.09C Tubing, Steel Railings (Hardware) Test Per Structural Fabrication Unit, redefined the sample size and frequency to indicate “1 assembly” per sample.
908.14 Anchor Bolts and Nuts for Other Purposes Test Per Structural Fabrication Unit, redefined the sample size and frequency to indicate “1 assembly” per sample.
914.07 Transverse Pavement Joints (Dowel Bars) Appr. Mfr. Per CFS Materials Unit, removed the option of testing if not from an approved manufacturer. Increased the Maximum VI Quantity from 240 to 1200 bars.
914.07 Transverse Pavement Joints (Load Transfer Assemblies) Appr. Mfr. Per CFS Materials Unit, removed the option of testing if not from an approved manufacturer. Increased the Maximum VI Quantity from 20 to 100 assemblies.
919.02 Signs (Permanent) See Remark Removed reference to Joint Construction IM 1997 C-S per CFS Construction-Operations Unit.
921.05 Traffic Signal Strain Pole Gen Cert Changed the basis of acceptance from Test Data Cert to Gen Cert per the Structural Fabrication Unit.
922.06C Temporary Traffic Control, Pavement Marking Cover Gen Cert Added material to define basis of acceptance. Must be Qualified Product.

Materials Acceptance Requirements Table Special Instructions Revisions:

902 Removed this content from the Special Instructions as this will now be referenced in the Aggregate Inspection Manual

908.09A Added instructions to indicate documentation required when submitting a sample.

908.09B Added instructions to indicate documentation required when submitting a sample.

908.09C Detail added to clarify an “Assembly”.

908.14 Detail added to indicate cantilever type sampling frequencies and stainless steel anchors bolts are not required to be tested.

908.14D Detail added to clarify an “Assembly”.

914.07 Added reference to the Materials Quality Assurance Procedures Manual, Chapter 4.07 (Load Transfer Assemblies for Transverse Joints), which documents the field inspection of these materials.

2016 Summary of Revisions to the MQAP

The Construction Field Services (CFS) Division has revised the Materials Quality Assurance Procedures (MQAP) Manual. A brief description of the major revisions is presented below.

Manual Section

1.08 Revised this chapter to include methods of tagging samples.

3.01 Revised the Certification Documentation requirements. Eliminated the quantity requirement, clarified that the material can be certified by the contractor, and included language to clarify the general certification requirements of QPL products.

3.07 Revised this chapter to include slag cement.

3.08 Revised this chapter to include submittal requirements for qualifying new facilities.

3.09 Deleted chapter 3.09 Temporary Concrete Barrier in its entirety and replaced it with Concrete Pipe, Culvert, and Related Items, previously chapter 3.10.

3.10 Revised this chapter to remove the fabrication inspection and acceptance of culverts, revised to chapter 3.09.

4.04 Significant revisions to this chapter have occurred.

4.05 Significant revisions to this chapter have occurred.

4.06 Significant revisions to this chapter have occurred. Combined chapter 4.10 (Tower Lighting Unit Fabrication) and 4.11 (Traffic Signal Mast Arm Pole and Mast Arm) into this chapter.

4.10 Replaced with new chapter Temporary Traffic Control Certification and Acceptance Procedure.

4.11Replaced with new chapter Non-Prestressed Structural Precast Concrete Fabrication.

4.13Significant revisions to this chapter have occurred.

6.17 Revised the submittal procedure and yearly update procedure for the qualification of admixtures for concrete.

6.39 Revised procedure to allow for the qualification of black colored temporary pavement marking materials.

7.01 See the following table for major revisions made to the Materials Acceptance Requirements Table.

Materials Acceptance Requirements Table Major Revisions

Specification Reference Material Name Basis of Acceptance Change Made and Reason for Change
715.02 Abrasive, Steel Grit VI Added material to define basis of acceptance.
811.03D9 Preformed Thermoplastic, Preformed Pavement Marking Materials Gen Cert Added this material, must be selected from the published QPL.
901 Cement Appr. Mfr. Removed the option of testing if not from an approved manufacturer.
901.06 Slag Cement Appr. Mfr. Removed the option of testing if not from an approved manufacturer.
901.07 Fly Ash, Pozzolanic Admixtures for Concrete Appr. Mfr. Removed the option of testing if not from an approved manufacturer.
902 Aggregates Test Revised sample size for Coarse, Dense-Graded, Open-Graded, Granular Class I, II, IIA, and III from 50 lbs. to 60 lbs. per Aggregate

Quality Unit.

903.03 Latex Admixture for Concrete Appr. Mfr. Removed the option of testing if not from an approved manufacturer.
908.09A Tubing, Steel Railings (Base Plate, Angle, and Post Elements) Fabrication Inspection Changed the basis of acceptance from Tested Stock to

Fabrication Inspection per the Structural Fabrication Unit.

908.09A Tubing, Steel Railings (Rail Elements) Fabrication Inspection Changed the basis of acceptance from Tested Stock to Fabrication Inspection per the

Structural Fabrication Unit.

916.07 Turbidity Curtain VI Added this material to define basis of acceptance per Geotechnical Services Unit.
917.12 Grass Seeding Mixtures VI & See Remark Changed sample frequency, sample size and maximum VI quantity to match with FUSP 12SP816A.
922.04 Temporary Concrete Barriers Test Data Cert See Remark Revised Remark to delete previous language and include: “Contractor must provide

certifications and documentation confirming the TCB provided meets the requirements of subsection 922.04.A of the Standard Specifications for Construction.” Per MDOT

Barrier Advisory Committee.


Materials Acceptance Requirements Table Special Instructions Revisions:

Note: Numerous Special Instructions were added per the Structural Fabrication Unit to remove language from the Remarks column of the Acceptance Requirements Table to allow for more detail to be presented in the special instruction/remark noted.

910.03 Geotextiles - Revised the First Sample frequency requirement and the maximum VI per the Geotechnical Services Unit.


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