SECTION 1. Chapter 30 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:
Section 38B. Competition for Specification of Alternative Types of Culvert Pipes.
State and municipal agencies shall have the autonomy to determine culvert and storm sewer material types to be included in the construction of state funded roadways provided that the pipe material selected (i) is designed using the latest revision of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)’s Load Resistance Factor Design Specifications, or any future design methodology accepted as the prevailing AASHTO specification, using a product performance life of not less than 75 years, (ii) is constructed to, and inspected for structural integrity, using as a minimum the current AASHTO installation details and post-installation testing requirements prior to final acceptance, (iii) is manufactured from non-combustible and non-toxic materials and is not susceptible to hydrostatic flotation forces when located within Evacuation Route Right-of-Ways, and (iv) maintains hydraulic design capacity for the project design life.
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