KCMetro Specifications

The Kansas City Metropolitan Chapter of the American Public Works Association maintains a comprehensive set of construction specifications and design criteria for public works construction projects in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Individual sections are updated on a periodic basis by committees of chapter members and industry representatives. The specifications were written to provide good quality infrastructure using locally available materials whenever possible, and at a cost made lower by the use of a common specification.

These documents are used in whole or part by a majority of the public agencies in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. You do not have to be a member of APWA to purchase or use the documents. Many private agencies utilize the Kansas City Metropolitan APWA specifications for private construction, and many copies have been sold to agencies outside the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Please note that it is the Policy of the KC Metro Chapter of APWA to protect the integrity of these documents and editable files (Word or CADD formats) are not released to either a Private or Public entity.

If you have an interest in serving on a specification committee or have other questions regarding the specifications or design criteria, please contact Mark Montgomery, P.E. at Mark.Montgomery@kcmo.org.


The exclusive purpose of this website is to provide general information and resources as a convenience to those who access it. By providing access to the standard construction specifications and design criteria documents below, the Kansas City Metropolitan Chapter and APWA do not intend for the information contained herein to form a contract with any person, nor shall any of this information be relied upon by any person as forming a part of any contract. Construction specifications and design criteria documents have important legal consequences. The standard construction specifications and design criteria documents below are general in nature, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Chapter and APWA do not warrant the information to be correct nor inclusive of all appropriate specifications or design criteria for any specific application or project. Nor should they be relied upon by any person as complete or sufficient for any specific application or project. Consultation with a qualified, licensed design professional is necessary with respect to their utilization, completion or modification on any particular project.

Specification Sections

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Section 1100 – General Conditions (2/2017 365 kb)
Section 2100 – Grading & Site Preparation (2/2024 576 kb)
Section 2150 – Erosion and Sediment Control (2/2017 230 kb)
Section 2200 – Paving (2/2017 681 kb)
Section 2300 – Incidental Construction (2/2017 208 kb)
Section 2400 – Seeding and Sodding (2/2017 405 kb)
Section 2500– Sanitary Sewers (4/2019 487 kb)
Section 2600– Storm Sewers (3/2020 381 kb)  Revised March 2020 to correct riprap gradations
Section 2700 – Structures (2/2017 26 kb)
Section 2800 – Street Lights (2/2017 148 kb)
Section 2900 – Waterlines (2/2017 163 kb)

Template – APWA Specification Template (2/2017 52 kb)


Library – Local Agency Documents


Design Guidance Documents

Section 5100 – Site Work and Erosion and Sediment Control (9/2010 388 kb)
Section 5200 – Streets (4/1996 1.93 mb)
Section 5250 was eliminated from the specifications by a vote of membership on December 14, 2018. The AC index information was no longer available to APWA and so the section was not current. If the index is used in a contract, Contractor or supplier may need to provide data.
Section 5300 – Incidental Construction and Local Bicycle Facility Design Guidance (12/2002 1.85 mb)
Section 5500 – Sanitary Sewers and Appurtenances (4/1996 1.17 mb)
Section 5600 – Storm Drainage Systems & Facilities (2/16/2011 5.0 mb)
Storm Drainage BMP Manual – Reference Best Management Practices (12/2012 13.3 mb)

BMP Manual Addendum (Posted 8/2017)

August 2009 Storm Drainage BMP Manual – (8/2009 29MB)
Please send any comments or suggestions about the BMP Manual to Chad Johnson, Chair, Water Resources Committee
Section 5700 – Structures (12/1986 1.75 mb)
Section 5800 – Street Lighting (12/1982 198 kb)
Section 5900 – Utility Coordination for Capital Improvements Projects (3/2010 85kb)
2012 MARC Local Bikeway Best Practices 5/2012 (1 mb)

Standard Drawings
Erosion and Sediment Control Details (2/2017 2544 kb)
Standard Drawings Revised April 2019 to remove metric versions and add EJ as approved castings manufacturer
Bicycle Facility Standard Drawings (247 kb)


Proposed Revisions

Major revisions are to be done by committee. However, minor revisions can be requested by individuals. The request should be forwarded to Mark Montgomery at Mark.Montgomery@kcmo.org for consideration. Anonymous requests will not be considered and only Chapter members can make requests. Revisions requested will undergo review by the Standard and Specifications Committees and approved (for minor revisions) or forwarded for a vote of approval by the chapter membership (major revisions).

Summary of Proposed Changes – APWA5900 – 20240417


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