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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 listing of Design Manual chapters planned for revisions for the 2017 update cycle. Subject to change, info to be added as additional priorities are identified.

Priority Design Policy Topic / Design Manual Chapter(s) Lead
Chapter 1030 Delineation Traffic Office
Chapter 1010 Work Zone Safety and Mobility Traffic & Design offices
Chapter 300 Design Doc Approvals and Process Reviews - updates planned Design office
Chapter 321 Sustainable Safety Collaboration
Chapter 305 Managing Projects Design office
Revisions to Chapters in the 700 series
Chapter 710 Site Data for Structures
Chapter 720 Bridges
Bridge & Structures and Design offices,
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 and other new 1200 series chapters.  1230 is being broken out into multiple new chapters. We will have them out for review as a bundle.
Forthcoming drafts include:
1230 - Geometric Cross Section - Basics
1231 - Geometric Cross Section - Highways
1232 - Geometric Cross Section - Freeways
1239 - Geometric Cross Section - Shoulders, Medians, Side Slopes, and Curbs
1250 - Cross Slope and Superelevation
Design
Chapter 1240 Turning Roadways - assess value and application for this content Design
Chapter 1300 Intersection Control Type updates
Chapter 1310 Intersections - sight distance and other
Traffic / Design offices
Chapter 1320 Roundabouts Traffic / Design offices
Chapters in 1600 series - recent comments and MASH
Chapter 1610 Traffic Barriers
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.

Completecompletecomplete
complete 3-3-17
Next step
Policy review comment period

9/15/16 to 10/15/16

Policy review comments received 


Disposition of review comments

1/18/17

Final Draft for approval Available
for use
after approvals 
Plan: April 2017 

Download review file

JKP HQ Design
NWR SnoKing
Olympic Region 
See comments Addressed File
1-18-17
See Clean final Draft for Approval


Chapter 1320 Roundabouts
Main changes include:
Added Compact Roundabout
Return of “R” Values Text changes to coincide with scheduled Standard Plan updates
Removed requirement related to cross slope percent. Now shows a range, with 2% preferred. Inscribed circle diameter revised to a range for multilane roundabouts
Various text changes throughout

completecompletecurrent status
 
Policy review comment period

1/12/17 to 2/9/17
extended to 2/22

Policy review comments received


Disposition of review comments

Final Draft for approval Available
for use

Download review file

Olympic comments
Olympic coms 2
SWR Comments
NWR D/B coms
ER Coms
SCR Coms
HQ Roadside - good as is
SnoKing comments
NW Baker coms
Design and Traffic working on this


 
Chapter 710 Site Data for Structures
Minor edits to content related to plan sheet submittals

completecompletecompletecompletenext step
Policy review comment period

 1/18/17 to 2/15/17

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final Draft for approval Available
for use after approvals

plan: April 2017

Download review file

J Petterson
SWR
SnoKing
FHWA
Bridge office
J Milton
See comments addressed here 3-1-17 See final draft for approval with revision marks


 
Chapter 1010 Work Zone Safety and Mobility
Updates and edits to selected sections

Minor edits to content related to plan sheet submittalsUpdates and edits to selected sections

Completecompletecurrent status
 
Policy review comment period
1/26/17 to 2/23/17
Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final Draft for approval Available
for use

download review file

OR comments
HQ Rail, Freight, and Ports Div.
HQ Planning - no coms
SWR comments
OR more
SnoKing
SCR comments
SCR email com
J Milton
coming soon working on it


 
Chapter 1300 Intersection Control Type
Simplified ICA with step-by-step process. Clarified “roundabout-first” guidance. Added specific performance measures related to off-peak hours. Added displaced left-turn intersection type. Added guidance to Pedestrian Considerations. Relocated and simplified Operational Considerations; moved some under procedures.

completecompletecurrent status

Policy review comment period
2/2/17 to 3/3/17
Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final Draft for approval Available
for use

Download review file

John K comment
NWRDB
 HQ Planning, SWR - support as is
ER comments
SnoKing coms
OR Coms
HQ Safety
SCR Coms
FHWA Coms
OR coms 2
Assessing all comments and proposed changes.

file coming soon




 
Chapter 720 Bridges

> Content added to evaluate screening bridge median gaps
> Revised liquefaction impact considerations; referring to BDM.
> Other minor changes

> Content added to evaluate screening bridge median gaps> Revised liquefaction impact considerations; referring to BDM.> Other minor changes

completecompletecompletecomplete next step
Policy review comment period
2/16/17 to 3/16/17
Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final Draft for approval Available
for use
(following approvals)

Download 720 to review and comment

HD Design KS
ASDE Mahugh
HQ Design JP
HQ Safety
SnoKing
Support chapter as revised:
SWR , HQ Planning
See comments addressed and final edits See final draft for approval Approvals planned in April / May


 
 Chapter 1610 Traffic Barriers
Substantial revisions this cycle (see review file front matter for details.) Previous comments were considered and incorporated where practicable.

Substantial revisions this cycle (see review file front matter for details.) Previous comments were considered and incorporated where practicable.

Current Statusnext step
 
Policy review comment period
3/10/17 to 4/10/17
Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final Draft for approval Available
for use

Download 1610 to review and comment





 
Chapter 305 Managing Projects
> no policy changes
> reduced content

Current Statuscurrent status

Policy review comment period
3/21/17 to 4/14/17
Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final Draft for approval Available
for use

Download 305 to review and comment.

HQDesignTevis
OR Email





Chapter 000 Subject

Current Statusnext step

Policy review comment period
Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final Draft for approval Available
for use






Chapter 000 Subject

Current Statusnext step

Policy review comment period
Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final Draft for approval Available
for use






Chapter 000 Subject

Current Statusnext step

Policy review comment period
Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final Draft for approval Available
for use




 

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

Simplified ICA with step-by-step process. Clarified “roundabout-first” guidance. Added specific performance measures related to off-peak hours. Added displaced left-turn intersection type. Added guidance to Pedestrian Considerations. Relocated and simplified Operational Considerations; moved some under procedures.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 "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 for approval, 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. 

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 3/23/17)