Change Orders in Road Construction Projects
In road construction projects, change orders provide legal permission to allow Contractors to perform work outside the scope of the original contract documents. Change orders can be used in a variety of different ways, but are often used to address unforeseen circumstances that arise in the course of a project.Read more
Technical, legal definitions of a Change Order can vary based on each state’s specific standard specifications for road construction, but each of these definitions typically includes the following elements:
- Must be written
- Signed by both parties (or at least the project Owner/Engineer)
- Specific details outlining the precise work to be added or modified.
Some state definitions for change orders state that any additional work added can be assumed to be performed at the original contract prices. Other definitions don’t include this “default” language, and require the change order include terms regarding pricing and payment.