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The most current WSDOT Design Manual is dated July 2013 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.

Design Manual revisions planned for publication July 2014, or sooner in specifc cases shown in table below: 

 

Chapter Revision Lead
DM 320 Traffic Analysis. Peer Team established to update policy and guidance, perhaps including all modes.
Work underway as of December 2013.
Peer Team:
HQ Traffic, HQ Design & Regions
DM 550 IJRs - this chapter will be modified along with DM 320 listed above. Barb de ste Croix leads
New Chapter 1150 Context and Modally Integrated Design: Main Steets Andrew Beagle
HQ Design & Peer Team
DM 1010 Work Zone Safety & Mobility HQ Traffic
DM 1140.07 & 1130.02 - incorporate Project Delivery Memo on design speed (minor changes) HQ Design
DM 730 and 1515 minor revs re: chain link fence HQ Design
DM 1050 Intelligent Transportation Systems HQ Traffic
DM 1040 Illumination HQ Traffic
DM 1430 Transit Facilities HQ Design
DM 321 Sustainable Highway Safety (New)
A staged approach:
2014 - develop incremental changes in the Design Manual, including plans for a new chapter on the topic.
2015 and beyond: Full implementation in DM; determine chapter placements. 

HQ Design
Improved coordination between Design & Maintenance. (New chapter), draft review planned for late May or June HQ Design
DM 1510 Pedestrian Facilities and 1330 Traffic Signals - Revised guidance on closed crossings prepared by HQ Traffic office. HQ Design / Trafic
DM 1600.06(1) HQ Design
DM 1610 Traffic Barriers- reintroduction of wood guard rail posts on new construction. This may come in form of Project Delivery Memo. HQ Design
DM 1620 Impact Attenuators - getting major update HQ Design
DM 1300.04(7) New information added about a couple intersection types HQ Design
DM 900 Roadsides (rewrite, brief chapter) HQ Roadside
DM 950 Public Art (minor revisions) HQ Roadside
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The Details of Each Chapter Revision
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The tables below 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 for regions/areas to view the outcome.
  • After approvals, the chapter may be downloaded from the right-hand column and used on projects.

 
Chapter 320 - Traffic Analysis (Work underway)
Policy revision description: this chapter is being rewritten to update policy and guidance on traffic analysis and forecasting. The revision may include addressing all travel modes rather than simply automobiles.

A Peer team led by HQ Traffic, includes Region traffic and others, as well as consultatns and HQ Design.

current status

 

 

 

Current

Policy review comment period
4/8/14 - 5/8/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use Approvals Obtained

Download DM 320 to review and comment

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Chapter 550 - Interchange Justification Reports (Work underway)
This revision work is conicidental to DM 320 work described above. Safety anaylis is updated as well as other parts of the chapter.

Current Status

 

 

 

Policy review comment period
 4/8/14 - 5/8/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

Download DM 550 to review and comment

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Chapter 1150 - Context and Modally Integrated Design: Main Streets
Revision description: To expand WSDOT’s Practical Design Initiative.
Sections of state highways that run through cities often confront the need to serve both regional traffic as a thoroughfare, and local multi modal traffic as a main street destination. Balancing the needs of throughput, economic vitality, livability and safety for all users is challenging. Serving all travel modes needs to be primary goal whenever we’re contemplating projects in these environments.

  • This is the first draft Chapter on context and modally integrated design considerations. Additional context and road types will be developed in 2014.
  • The intent is to publish this Main Streets Chapter using a Design Manual Supplement method by the end of April 2014. A second statewide review has been called for due to the volume of comments and revisions made after the initial review.
  • Also we have marked up a couple Design Matrices to generate discussion on how WSDOT might implement this guidance on projects within it programs.

Complete

Complete   

current status

 

 

Policy review comment period:

12/20/13 - 1/17/13

Policy review comments received

And addresssed below

2nd policy review comment period

3/20/14 -
4/10/14 

Final FYI post

Available
for use

download draft 1150 for review and comment
download example Design Matrices for comment
NCR Comments
SWR Comments
SCR Comments
SCR Comments 2
OR Comments
NWR SK Comments
NWR MB Comments
ER Comments
ER Comments 2
CPDM Comments
CPDM Comments 2
Enterprise Risk Mgmt Comments

Comments addressed
Download 2nd Draft Chapter 1150 for review and comment NWR MB Comments

H&LP Community Assist Comments

SWR Comments

HQ Community Planning Comments

HQ Environmental Comments

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Chapter 900 - Roadsides
This chapter has been rewritten by the HQ Roadside and Site Development Section with input from region peers to coincide with the new Roadside Policy Manual published October 2013. Additionally, these chapters will be removed from the Design Manual when new Chapter 900 is published July 2014: 910, 920, 930, and 940.

Complete

Complete 

Complete

 Complete

next steps 

Policy review comment period
2-24-14 through
3-20-14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use
Pending WSDOT and FHWA approvals

download Chapter 900 to review and comment SCR comments
Mount Baker Area
FHWA
Son-King
See Comments addressed view final draft

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Chapter 950 - Public Art

This chapter has been revised by the HQ Roadside and Site Development Section with input from region peers to coincide with the new Roadside Policy Manual published October 2013, and to make other minor revisions to the chapter. This one's showing tracked changes.

Complete

Complete 

Complete

Complete 

Next steps 

Policy review comment period
2-24-14 through
3-20-14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use pending WSDOT and FHWA approvals

download chapter 950 to review and comment Kent K Dev Division
Sandy S Dev Div re Interstates
FHWA Email
SCR comments
MountBakerArea
SnoKing
see comments addressed view final draft

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Chapter 1010 - Work Zone Safety and Mobility

A new Section has been added on Positive Protection Devices.

Full section numbers have been added to subsections. Much text

has been moved around, or otherwise edited.

Current Status

 

 

 

Review comment period
3/24/14 through 4/25/14

Comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

Download 1010 for review and comment

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Chapters 1130 and 1140 pertaining to Design Speed
This revision to 1130.02 and 1140.07 incorporates Project Delivery Memo #13-03 Practical Design Speed Policy.

Current Status

Policy review comment period
4/14/14 - 5/5/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

Download chapter sections to review and comment

Risk Management

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DM 730 and DM 1515 minor changes
Chain link fence is removed as fall protection feature in two places in the Design Manual.


Current Status

 

Policy review comment period
4/14/14 - 5/5/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

download edited text to review and comment

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Chapter ### - Placeholder

Policy revision description

Status

 

 

 

 

Policy review comment period

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

FYI post

Available
for use


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Chapter ### - Placeholder
This chapter is revised to:
 

Status

 

 

 

 

Policy review comment period

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

FYI post

Available
for use


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Chapter # - Placeholder

Revision description:

Status

 

 

 

 

Policy review comment period

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
 for use

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Chapter # - Placeholder
This revision updates:
 

Status

 

 

 

 

Policy review comment period

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

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Chapter # - Placeholder

Revision description:

Status

 

 

 

Current

Policy review comment period

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

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Chapter # - Placeholder

Revision description:

Status

 

 

 

Policy review comment period

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

WSDOT and FHWA Approvals

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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 3/28/14)


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