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The Michigan Department of Transportation - Construction Manual (CM) contains MDOT clarification on policy, procedure and guidance for the construction of road and bridge infrastructfure and other related facilities. It also includes specific technical topics related to the divisions of the 2012 Standard Specifications for Construction (2012 SSFC). The information is presented in numerous articles having as simple a layout as possible. These articles are numbered to reflect as closely as possible the pay items and divisions from the 2012 SSFC.

The CM is not a contract document and CM articles are not referenced as "sections" but as CM XXX.XX.XX or "articles" to avoid confusion with MDOT specifications. Where a conflict exists between the CM and a contract, the contract document rules. References and links to the Michigan Standard Specifications are given as "Sec XXX.XX" or "Section XXX.XX of the 2012 Standard Specifications for Constuction." References and links to the Michigan Standard Plans or Special Details are "Standard Plan R-##-A" or "Special Detail ##".


The CM articles are grouped into divisions and sections similar to the 2012 SSFC. The sections are then broken down into four (4) smaller sub-divisions similar to the 2012 SSFC. These are:

  • General (Description)
  • Materials
  • Construction
  • Measurement and Payment

The bulk of the information will typically be under the construction sub-divison for each section.

Content Suggestions

To make revisions to the content a User (must be registered) can make a suggestion to the Content Manager for a particular division:

The Content Managers for the various divisions are:

  • Division 1 - Jason Clark
  • Division 2 - Dave Gauthier
  • Division 3 - Curtis Bleech
  • Division 4 - Dave Gauthier
  • Division 5 - Kevin Kennedy
  • Division 6 - John Staton
  • Division 7 - Matt Chynoweth
  • Division 8 - Jason Gutting

The Content Managers will then assign to technical staff to discuss the merits of the suggested revision, make any supportive changes to theB reccomendation and update the content if deemed appropriate. Just because a User suggests a change does not mean that it will happen automatically, it will be vetted throught appropriate review teams.


There are benefits to becomign a registered user. This will allow you to create watchlists, get involved and start discussions and alsot allow you to make suggested changes to the CM at any time.

To become registered is as simple as creating a log in and verifying through the auto generated e-mail which you'll recieve.