INDOT Releases Falsework Removal Construction Memo

INDOT has released a USP to implement the falsework specification revisions that the ICI/INDOT Joint Cooperative Bridge Subcommittee worked on this spring.


Back in the fall of 2015, several contractors notified ICI that multiple INDOT district personnel had enforced a full 15-day period before any bridge falsework could be removed. The common practice is that falsework could be removed after achieving a desired flexible strength, typically after two to five days post pour.


  • For falsework under a slab top: falsework shall remain in place at least seven days and attain or exceed a 480 psi flexural strength.
  • For falsework under a bridge deck including overhang: falsework shall remain in place at least three days and attain or exceed a 480 psi flexural strength.
  • For substructure falsework: falsework shall remain in place at least three days and attain or exceed a 480 psi flexural strength

Per the INDOT memo from Mark Miller, the USP is retroactive and should be added per a zero dollar change order to applicable current or future contracts that do not include the USP.


  • Reinforcing to ACEC
  • Pushing to get this revision into a RSP and into the 2018 S.S.

INDOT Accepting Applications for Local Road and Bridge Matching Grant Funds

Source: INDOT news release

Community Crossings program provides millions in funding to cities, counties, and towns for infrastructure.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that the agency is accepting applications from cities, towns, and counties across Indiana for matching funds for local road and bridge projects through Community Crossings, the State’s local road and bridge matching grant fund.

On March 23, 2016, Governor Mike Pence signed HEA1001 which created the local road and bridge matching grant program. HEA 1001 provides $186 million in state reserves for local road and bridge funding over the next two years, and provides $277 million over the next four years by redirecting an additional 1 and ½ pennies of the gasoline use tax to local roads to be phased in over two years; $100 million in funding will be available each year going forward providing long-term road funding for locals.

Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, roundabouts, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations are also eligible for funds.

Projects submitted to INDOT for funding will be evaluated based on need, traffic volume, local support, the impact on connectivity and mobility within the community, and regional economic significance.

Community Crossings is open to all local government units in the State of Indiana. Cities, towns, and counties awarded grants will receive funding based on a 50/50 match. For example, a county that is awarded a grant for a roundabout project that is estimated to cost $1 million would receive $500,000 in funding from the State with the County providing the other $500,000.

For more information and to apply for a Community Crossings grant, visit and download the application. All application materials must be submitted via email to by Friday, July 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET. Communities selected to receive funding for projects will be notified by INDOT in early August 2016.

Spring Joint Cooperative Wrap-up – Subcommittee Updates

ICI and INDOT Bridge Subcommittee members have worked together since late fall 2015 to generate revised specification language in §702.14(b), Falsework Removal, to achieve a manageable falsework removal wait period and flexural strength requirement. INDOT is finalizing a unique special provision for release this spring.

Utility-related change orders were below one percent of the construction bid in 2015, as compared to two percent of construction bid in 2010. Recurring Special Provision 107-R-169 (9/1/2015), Statements About Existing Conditions of Utilities, Additional Right-of-Way, and Encroachments, contains clear utility involvement statements.

INDOT directs utility coordinators to be proactive throughout a project – from the pre-construction meeting through project completion – and especially pushes advocates participation in progress meetings.