Construction Standards

Governments exist to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. Whether it be providing roads for safe and efficient mobility, utilities for clean drinking water and removal of waste, parks for recreation, or storm water management for protection from flooding, public works is the backbone of that existence. Management of public works facilities is a very important component of the responsibilities of cities, counties, and special districts across North Central Texas. The quality of the region’s infrastructure (its roads, water distribution, wastewater collection, and storm drainage systems) has always been a high priority and a source of pride for its communities.

For over 45 years NCTCOG has supported the public works industry in North Central Texas through publication and maintenance of Public Works Construction Standards - North Central Texas.

Public Works Construction Standards North Central Texas, Amended Fifth Edition (2023)

As part of the continued effort between NCTCOG and the public works industry in North Central Texas, the Public Works Construction Standards – North Central Texas, Fifth Edition (2017) Version has been updated to the Amended Fifth Edition (2023). The Amended Fifth Edition  is now available to purchase as a PDF file as well as a printed hardcopy. The Amended Fifth Edition updates the Standard Drawings, which previously dated to 2004. The Amended Fifth Edition retains the Standard Specifications developed for the Fifth Edition (2017). 

NCTCOG will send a free digital copy of the Amended Fifth Edition (2023) to each email address on record as having purchased the Fifth Edition (2017). If you believe you purchased a Fifth Edition (2017), but have not recieved the new Amended Fifth Edition by the end of December 2023, please contact Samuel Morrall at 

Standard Specifications:

Division 100: General Provisions
Division 200: Site Protection and Preparation
Division 300: Roadway Construction
Division 400: Roadway Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Division 500: Underground Conduit Construction and Appurtenances
Division 600: Conduit and Appurtenance Rehabilitation
Division 700: Structures
Division 800: Miscellaneous Construction and Materials
Appendix A: Model Forms
Standard Drawings:

Division 1000: Erosion and Sediment Control
Division 2000: Pavement Systems
Division 3000: General Underground Conduit
Division 4000: Water Distribution
Division 5000: Wastewater Collection
Division 6000: Stormwater Drainage


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Hyperlinked table of contents and expandable/collapsible bookmark menu for easy navigation.


Hyperlinked cross references.

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The Public Works Construction Standards North Central Texas is a copyrighted document and may not be photocopied, printed or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part without the prior written approval of NCTCOG's Director of Environment & Development.

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Questions or Comments regarding the Amended 5th Edition Construction Standards?

As an ongoing commitment to the region and the improvement of the Standards document, we are accepting comments and suggestions for review. Public Works Council members will review the suggestions to each Division, and amendments to the Standards will be released over time. Please email your comments to