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The most current WSDOT Design Manual is dated July 2016 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.

Below is a preliminary listing of Design Manual chapters planned for revisions for the 2017 update cycle. More info will be added as additional priorities are identified.

Priority Design Policy Topic / Design Manual Chapter(s) Lead

Chapter 1030 Delineation

Traffic Office 
Chapter 300 Design Doc Approvals and Process Reviews - updates planned Design office
Chapter 321 Sustainable Safety Collaboration
Chapter 610 Investigation of Soils, Rock, and Surfacing Materials Geotechnical
Minor edits to Chapters in the 700 series likely Design, Bridge, Geotech
Chapter 1040 Illumination Traffic
Chapter 1100 Practical Design - removing term MAISA and other Design
Chapter 1102 Context Identification - procedure and classification work based on FHWA and adapting NCHRP 15-52 Design
Chapter 1106 Design Element Selection - clarify "design up" Design
Chapter1120 Preservation Projects - minor updates Design
Chapter 1230 Geom Cross Section
Design
Chapter 1240 Turning Roadways - assess value and application for this content Design
Chapter 1310 Intersections - sight distance and other Design
Chapter 1320 Roundabouts Design Traffic
Chapters in 1600 series - recent comments and MASH Design

The tables below show the chapters in the current revision cycle. 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.
  • 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.


 
Chapter 1030 Delineation

The HQ Traffic Office has revised the current chapter, updating policy on guide post reflectors at intersections. The Standard Plan M-40.30-00 will be revised to coincide with this change. Other text changes as apparent in tracked mode.

This chapter is one of the last ones still in old format. When published it will be in the current DM format.

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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 9/19/16)

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