(A) Notwithstanding sections 125.01 to 125.11 of the Revised Code, the director of transportation, by written instruction to the contractor, may increase the quantities of any item specified or not specified in a competitively bid construction contract but, except as provided in division (B) of this section, the additional cost incurred by the increase shall not exceed the lesser of one hundred thousand dollars or five per cent of the total contract price. Any such provision for increased quantities or extra work shall be made in the form of a written change to the original contract and does not require competitive bidding.
(B) The one hundred thousand dollar or five per cent restriction in division (A) of this section does not apply to change orders or extra work contracts when the total dollar amount of the increase is twenty-five thousand dollars or less or to change orders or extra work contracts resulting from any of the following:
(1) An increase in the plan quantity that is determined during the final measurement of an item of work.
(2) Federally mandated requirements that did not exist at the time of the original contract award.
(3) Circumstances that would create a life-, safety-, or health-threatening situation or would unduly delay the completion of a project and increase its costs, but only if the director makes a finding of such fact, declares an emergency, and issues the finding. Extra work that the director contracts for in these circumstances may include not only construction needed to complete a project, but also adjustments needed to meet changed conditions, alterations in original plans, unforeseen contingencies, or payments necessitated by contract terminations or suspensions.
All change orders or extra work contracts set forth in division (B) of this section shall be reported to the controlling board quarterly in writing.
(C) The director, by written instruction to the contractor, may decrease or cancel the quantity of any item specified in a contract or portion of a contract and authorize payment to the contractor for reasonable costs incurred to date.
Effective Date: 04-05-2001 .