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. 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 Standard Specifications for Construction.
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 ##".