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The most current WSDOT Design Manual is dated November 2015 and is available on the Design Manual Abstract Page:
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Publications/Manuals/M22-01.htm

The process for revising the Design Manual is given below, including the most current Review Points of Contact list.

The cycle of design policy revisions leading up to the November 2015 Design Manual revision focused on creating new practical design policy and guidance in accordance with Moving Washington Forward: Practical Solutions, and Results WSDOT – Our Strategic Plan.

The 2016 Design Manual revision cycle continues to support and implement practical design procedures and tools with minor updates and clarifications. Shown below are revisions underway for publication Summer 2016. 

Priority Design Topic / Design Manual Chapter(s) Lead
DM Supplement - Section 540.07(4) re: corner clearance exception for single family residence Barb De Ste. Croix
Chris Schroedel
Chapter 530 Limited Access Highways Barb De Ste. Croix
Chris Schroedel
Chapter 1120 Preservation Projects
update guardrail height criteria
Jeff Petterson,
Brad Manchas
Chapter 1610 Traffic Barriers
update guardrail height criteria and other revisions
Jeff Petterson,
Brad Manchas,
Chapter 550 Interchange Justification Reports
Revisions add information about environmental linkages
HQ Design / Environmental offices
Chapter 1510 Pedestrian Facilities - section on alteration projects updated to incorporate project delivery memo. Scott Zeller, Kurt Sielbach
Chapters 300, 1100, 1104, 1105, 1106
Revisions to specific sections of these chapters including Basis of Design and Design Analysis procedures and approvals.
HQ Design / Schroedel

Section 321.05 Safety target refinement
John Donahue, Chris Schroedel

The tables below will show the chapters in the current revision. The column marked "Current Status" shows where a chapter is in the process.

  • When a chapter is ready for region/area review, it is posted in the first column.
  • All comments will be posted in the second column.
  • The third column is used to post the document, with all comments merged and responded to.
  • The fourth column presents the chapter as an FYI posting to view the outcome.
  • After approvals, the chapter may be downloaded from the right-hand column called "Available for Use." This service allows designers to begin using the new material before it is officially published.


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Chapter 540,
Design Manual Supplement (DMS), Section 540.07(4)

Revision allows for single family residence access connection within bounds of minimum corner clearance standard distances. See more info and Background in Supplement below.

CompleteCompleteCompleteCurrent status
Policy review comment period

1/28/16 to 2/12/16

Policy review comments received and considered

March 2016

Final FYI post

5/2/16

Available
for use after approvals

Download DMS 540.07(4) to review and comment. John Milton
SnoKing/Baker
Olympic
Eastern
FHWA


Review comments have been considered when formulating final draft.

comments addressed here
Due to our delay, we have changed plans and will not publish a supplement.

The revised content in 540.07(4) will be published in July as a regular chapter revision as shown:

See 540.07(4) final draft language now ready for formatting and approvals.

Full chapter draft for approval


State Design Engineer approval planned 6/9/16

FHWA approval planned 6/30/16.

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Chapter 530 Limited Access Highways
> Section 530.10 is revised to clarify rules for changes to access, use, and occupancy of limited access highways.
> Replacing the term “deviation” with “design analysis” throughout the manual.

CompleteCompleteCompleteCompleteComplete
Policy review comment period

5/2/16 to 5/23/16

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments
 5/26/16

View Draft for Approval Approvals complete

Available
for use 6/22/16 see below.

Download 530 for review and comment FHWA - ok as is
SWR - ok as is
SCR - ok as is
OR - ok as is
Eastern Region comments
NWR comments
See all region comments and responses by HQ Access and Hearings Section here 530ApprovalDraft 530 for use 6/22/16

State Design Engineer approved 6/9/16

FHWA approved 6/21/16

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Chapters 300, 1100, 1104, 1105, 1106

Sections are revised related to procedures and approvals for Basis of Design and Design Analysis. Chapter 300 also references WSDOT's new Project Delivery Method Selection Guidance document available online. Other minor clarification revisions based on how the new practical design procedures have played out in practice since November 2015. Revised sections are provided below in one file.

Complete

Complete

CompleteCompleteCurrent Status

Policy Review comment period
5/12/16
to
6/2/16

Comments received Disposition of review comments

Plan: 6/3/16 and beyond
Final FYI post

See Drafts for Approvals below

Approvals planned

Download this file of revised sections to review and comment HQ Construction ok as is
NWRSnoKing comments
ER comments
NWR Baker comments
EPI Division comments
SnoKingToo

Comments Addressed
Final Chapter Drafts for Approval as completed:
1104 For Approval
1105 For Approval
1106 For Approval
300 For Approval
1100 For Approval
State Design Engineer approval planned: 6/30/16

FHWA approval planned: 7/15/16

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Chapter 1120 Preservation
Minor revisions include:
> Update guardrail height criteria to Federal standards
> Updated policy on Breakaway Cable Terminal
> Reference added to see Chapter 1020 for overhead sign assembly.

CompleteCompleteCurrent statusstatusstatus
Policy review comment period
5/18/16 to 6/10/16
Policy review comments received Disposition of review comments Final FYI post Available
for use when published

Download 1120 to review and comment NWR DesignBuild
NWR SnoKing
NCR
ER
NWR Baker
Support the changes as-is:
EPI Division
SW Region
Design office currently responding to comments and edits. Forthcoming.

 

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Chapter 1610 Traffic Barriers
> Update guardrail height criteria to Federal standards
> Aesthetic barrier treatment guidance is evolving here
> Updates to non-flared terminals items
> Other minor clarifications
 

CompleteCompleteCurrent statusstatusstatus
Policy review comment period
5/18/16 to 6/10/16
Policy review comments received Disposition of review comments Final FYI post Available
for use when published

Download 1610 to review and comment NWR DesignBuild 
NCR
NWR SnoKing
ER
NWR Baker
Support the changes as-is:
EPI Division
SW Region
Design office curently responding to comments and edits. Forthcoming.

 

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Chapter 321, Section 321.05

Revision removes reference to target refinement form and instructs to use Basis of Design to document safety target for I-1 and I-3 projects.

CompleteCompleteCompleteCompleteCurrent status
Policy review comment period
 5/20/16 to 6/10/16
Policy review comments received Disposition of review comments Final FYI post

View final draft for approval below 
Available
for use when published

Download draft 321.05 to review and comment. R Bhalla minor revision

EPI Division comments

NW SnoKing comments

Support as-is:
SW Region
WSF
HQ CN Division
Eastern Region
NWR Baker Area
All comments addressed 321.05 for approval

Approvals Planned:

State Design Engineer 6/30/16

FHWA 7/15/16 

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Chapter 550 Interchange Justification Report
Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) content is added to chapter narrative, tables, and flow charts.
 

CompleteCompleteCompleteCurrent statusstatus
Policy review comment period
5/25/16 to 6/15/16 
Policy review comments received Disposition of review comments Final FYI post Available
for use when published

Download Chapter 550 to review and comment on draft revisions.

NWRSnoKing Coms
EPI Division minor comments
OR Comments
NWR DBO coms
Support as-is:
SW Region
HQ CN

see comments addressed Final draft for approval - underway

State Design Engineer plan: 6/30/16

FHWA plan: 7/15/16

 

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Chapter 1510

> Section 1510.05(2) is revised to incorporate direction previously provided in Project Delivery Memo 15-03, dated October 27, 2015.
> Section 1510.10(2)(c) is revised to clarify guidance on closed crossings.

CompleteCompleteCurrent statusstatusstatus
Policy review comment period
6/6/16 to 6/22/16 
Policy review comments received Disposition of review comments Final FYI post Available
for use when published

Download 1510 revision to review and comment OR Comments
NWR DBO Coms
SWR Coms
HQ Roadside & Site Development  
NW SnoKing Coms
Support revision as is:
HQ Construction
Design office responding to review comments and edits (6/22 ahead). Forthcoming.

 

 

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The Design Manual Revision Process

Design Manual chapters currently planned for revision are listed in the tables above.

  • When a draft chapter is ready for WSDOT Region and Area review and comment, a "Policy Review Draft" is posted in its respective table and designated points of contact are notified.
  • The points of contact then download the chapter file and distribute to people in their region/area.
  • Tables show the comment review period (usually 4 weeks).
  • Points of contact collect comments and send back to HQ Design Office. Those comment files are posted in the tables as they are received.
  • After evaluating all comments, the Design Office posts a file showing the final draft, with all comments and the HQ Design Office's response to them. Not all comments are used, but all are considered.

When a chapter has "final approval," it will be available for use prior to publication. See the link in the right-hand column of each table as chapters are approved.

Region "Points of Contact" (POCs)
WSDOT regions have identified specific people to act as POCs to coordinate a unified region response to draft policy changes.

  • POCs coordinate with people in their region to review/comment on draft policy.
  • POCs send their region's comments back to HQ in one document. 
     
    View WSDOT region and area points of contact list (updated 6/23/16)

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