Oklahoma Department of Transportation Standard Specification Rewrite

  • Market Segment: Highways & Bridges
  • Services Provided: Standard Specifications Update and Improvement
  • Client: Oklahoma Department of Transportation
  • Location: Oklahoma City, OK
  • Project Value: N/A

Trauner’s experience in rewriting and updating standard specifications proved to be beneficial, and was instrumental in the development of the Department’s 2009 standard specifications. Furthermore, their relevant knowledge in the field of transportation also proved to be a significant benefit to the Department.

The Department appreciated Trauner’s professionalism, as well as their diligence in gaining an understanding of our goals and objectives while working on ODOT’s current specifications. Trauner’s efforts in this regard eased the communication of ODOT’s needs and expectations.


Anthony Delce, P.E., Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Trauner rewrote the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) 1999 Standard Specifications for Highway Construction. Tasks for this project included improving readability; eliminating jargon and unnecessary italicized comments; enhancing style consistency, including standard and uniform use of grammar, fonts, spacing, outlining, and page numbering (as identified by the ODOT Style Guide standards drawn from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Ed.); reducing redundancies and repetition; introducing an outline format, using a standard alphanumeric system consistent with that criterion in the ODOT Style Guide; providing a consistent approach for units, numerals, punctuation, capitalization, titles, outlining, tables, and lists; expanding the definition of appropriate terms in Section 100, including definitions for all technical terms; maintaining dual unit references, U.S. customary as primary and metric, in brackets, as secondary; using standard symbols (acronyms, abbreviations, etc.) for items, but using complete descriptions for locally-used terms and as shown on project plans; providing suggestions on inconsistent measurement and payment issues; using the outline format where appropriate to reduce numbered lists; and providing a consistent approach to internal cross references.