The training material below is intended to assist TxDOT staff, Utility Companies, Vendors, Manufacturers and Consultants understand the Buy America Program from beginning to end of a project life cycle to ensure compliance.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reviewed Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Buy America Guidelines for Utility Accommodations (document name “Approved Buy America Guidelines” below) and found them to be acceptable for use on Federal-aid Projects. The guidelines are relevant for all federally eligible transportation projects where FHWA is determined to be the lead federal agency. These procedures are intended to document the cooperative effort of the FHWA Texas Division and TxDOT.
Texas Transportation Code Title 6, Subtitle B, Chapter 223, Subchapter A, Section 223.045 – Iron and Steel Preference Provisions in Improved Contracts: Iron and Steel Preference Provisions in Improvement Contracts requires the use of domestic iron and steel on contracts awarded by TxDOT for the improvement of the state highway system without federal aid. These contracts must contain the same preference provisions for iron and steel products that are required under federal law for an improvement made with federal aid.
The target audience for training includes:
TxDOT employees are encouraged to view these videos for course credit through "ROW102 - Buy America Requirements for Utility Accommodations" (available in PeopleSoft summer 2021).