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The most current WSDOT Design Manual is dated July 2014 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 for publication late July 2014 are shown in table below: 

These projects below are now complete and published at the link above. This site will be updated as we plan for the next priority policy revisions for July 2015.

 

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 1300 revised sections Andrew Beagle & HQ Traffic
DM 1430 Transit Facilities - delayed (not part of July package) 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
DM 301 Design and Maintenance Coordination Best Practices. (New chapter), draft review planned for late May or June Andrew Beagle & Region Maint. Superintendents
Sections of chapters 1330, 1510, 1515 related to closed pedestrian crossings and removing design deviation for midblock crossings HQ Design / Trafic
DM 1600.06(1) is revised with updated rumble strips guidance HQ Design
DM 1610 Traffic Barriers- reintroduction of wood guard rail posts on new construction. Jeff Petterson
DM 1620 Impact Attenuators - getting major update Jeff Petterson
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DM 900 Roadsides (rewrite, brief chapter) HQ Roadside
DM 950 Public Art (minor revisions) HQ Roadside
DM 1040 Illumination HQ Traffic
DM 1100 Design Matrix Procedures and DM 1120 Basic Design Level - both revised in accordance with the Project Delivery Memo HQ Design
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The Details of Each Chapter Revision
more details will be added here

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
Policy revision description: this chapter is 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, included Region traffic and others, as well as consultants and HQ Design.

Complete

Complete

Complete

Complete

complete

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
SWR support as-is

Consultant Comment

SCR
ER

FHWA prior comments
OR
SnoKing

ER Too
See Comments Addressed Final FYI Post Download approved revised Chapter 320 for use

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

Complete

 Current status

Complete

Complete 

Complete

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

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use
now

Download DM 550 to review and comment SWR Comment

Consultant comment

HQ Roadside Safety Engr

ER
FHWA
SCR supports as-is
OR
see comments addressed final draft for approval State Design Engineer approved 5/21/14

FHWA approved 6/10/14

download DM 550

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NEW 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 2014/2015.
  • The original intent was to publish this Main Streets Chapter using a Design Manual Supplement method by the end of April 2014. However, after completing a second statewide review due to the volume of substantive comments and revisions, we're now going to publish this in July with the regular revision update.
  • 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   

Complete

Complete

Complete

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 

Disponsition of Review Comments & Clean Final FYI post

Available
for use

Approvals Obtained

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

Comments:
NWR MB Comments
NWR SK Comments
H&LP Community Assist Comments
SWR Comments
HQ Community Planning Comments
HQ Environmental Comments
FHWA WA Div Comments
Clark Co. Comments
Comments Addressed



Clean Final FYI Draft Version
download DM Chapter 1150 for use

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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

Complete

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

Approvals
obtained

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

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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 

Complete

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

Approvals
obtained

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 download DM 950 for use

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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.

Complete

Complete

complete

complete

complete 

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

Comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use
Now

Download 1010 for review and comment SWR Traffic
FHWA
Sno-King
South Central
Eastern
comments addressed

clean draft for approvals State Design Engineer approved 5/21/14

FHWA approved: 6/10/14

DM 1010

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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.

Complete

complete

complete

complete

approvals complete

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

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments
5/12/14

Final FYI post

Available
for use
when published late July

Download chapter sections to review and comment

Risk Management
Mike Horton
Olympic Region
Eastern Region
SnoKing
SCR support as is
Eastern Email followup
FHWA

See comments addressed


final draft FYI

approvals obtained

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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.


Complete

 complete

complete

complete

complete

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

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

approvals obtained

download edited text to review and comment SnoKing
Eastern
FHWA
Download section from 730,
from 1515
1515 clean  1515 revised pages for use now.

publication of minor change to 730 is withdrawn. (Larger work  effort in 2015 on topic is planned.)

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NEW Chapter 321 - Sustainable Safety

Peer team prepared new chapter addressing sustainable safety policy and guidance.

current status

complete

complete

complete

 complete

Policy review comment period
5/15/14 - 6/6/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

FYI post

Available
for use

Approvals
Obtained

Download new draft DM 321 to review and comment SWR edit
SWR Additional
ER
FHWA
SCR good as-is
CPDM
UCO Traffic
comments addressed Final draft for approval
download approved for use new chapter

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NEW Chapter 301 - Design and Maintenance Coordination Best Practices
New chapter covering best WSDOT region practices for effective coordination between design and maintenance.
April 2014 - Draft chapter is informed by interviews with each region's maintenance personnel, and the fall 2013 Design Manual users survey.

READY FOR STATEWIDE REVIEW - 6/9/2014

Complete

Complete

 Complete

Complete

Complete

Policy review comment period
 
6/9/14 - 6/25/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

FYI post

Available
for use 

 7-10-14

Download new draft DM 301 to review and comment

SWR Comments
SnoKing Comments
ER Comments
Combine Maintenance Comments
CPDM Comments
Roadside Comments
FHWA Comments 

 

See comments addressed Final for Approval State Design Engineer approved 7/2/14

FHWA approved 7/10/14

download Chapter 301 for use 7-10-14


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Sections of Chapters 1330 (Signals) 1510 (ADA Pedestrians) 1515 (Shared-Use Paths)

Revision description: HQ Traffic and Design offices revised guidance on closed pedestrian crossings, midblock crossings, and crosswalk marking and enhancement guidelines.  

Chapters impacted: sections from DM 1330, 1510 and 1515 for review.

Complete

Complete

Complete

Complete

Complete

Policy review comment period
5/29/14 - 6/20/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
 for use

Approvals obtained

download revised sections to review and comment  Milton
SWR
SWR Traffic
HQ Traffic
ER
SCR
SnoKing
ER 2
FHWA concurs with Milton's comments
Comments addressed

Cleaner versions:

1330 changed pages for approval
1510 changed pages for approval
1515 changed page for approval
Files now available for use:

revised pages of 1330

revised pages of 1510

revised pages of 1515

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Chapter 1040  - Illumination

Revision description: HQ Traffic Office has revised WSDOT Illumination policy. Revisions include:

  • Policy changes to required illumination areas (some are now removed).
  • Adaptive lighting new topic added.
  • References are updated
  • Terms are added and will be placed in the Design Manual Glossary when published
  • Light levels and uniformity ratios are revised in Exhibit 25

 

Complete

Comnplete

Complete

Complete

 Complete

Policy review comment period
6/6/14 - 6/25/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments
7/1/14

Final FYI post
7/2/14

Available
for use

approvals obtained

download DM 1040 for review and comment SnoKing
SouthWest
SCR1
SCR2
ER
FHWA supports, no additional comments other than what region reviewers said
see comments combined and addressed here final draft for approval Download Chap 1040 for use

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Chapter 1050 - Intelligent Transprtation Systems

Chapter rewritten by HQ Traffic office and FHWA Washington Division. Procedures and worksheets are provided. Same material was published in Local Agency Guidelines in April 2014, for consistent applications.

complete

complete

complete

complete 

Complete

Policy review comment period

5/15/14 - 6/6/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

Approvals Obtained

Download revised Chapter 1050 for review and comment Milton
SnoKing
SCR and FHWA supports
 as-is

Comments Addressed Final clean draft for approval Download revised Chapter 1050 for use

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Section 1600.06(1) Rumble Strips

Rumble strips guidance has been updated


Complete

Complete

complete

complete

Complete

Policy review comment period
5/5/14 - 5/23/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

Approvals Obtained

Download 1600.06(1) to review and comment SWR
SnoKing
 FHWA (good as is 4/22 email)
SCR good as is, 4/23 email

Comments addressed; some may generate future policy update in a manual regarding pavement types or issues. Clean draft FYI post Download 1600.06(1) approved for use



 
Chapter1610
Sections of the chapter have been revised due to reintroduction of wood guardrail posts, and Exhibit 1610-9 is changed to add a transition to concrete barrier for type 31 guardrail.



Complete

Complete

Complete

Complete

Complete

Policy review comment period
5/5/14 - 5/23/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use
Approvals Obtained

download revised sections of 1610 to review and comments SCR Comments HQ Design Kurt S
SWR supports draft as is

Comments addressed tracked changes for approval Download 
approved DM 1610 revisions 

incorporated into full chapter for use




 
Chapter 1620 - Impact Attenuator Systems

Reorganized content and updated text in many sections
Updated list and descriptions of available attenuator models
New Exhibits 1620-1a and 1620-1b consolidate information from previous exhibits 1620-1 and 1620-5 and add detail regarding attenuator system configurations



Complete

Complete

Complete

Complete

Complete

Policy review comment period
5/5/14 - 5/30/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

Approvals
Obtained

Download 1620 to review and comments

SnoKing Comments

HQ Design Kurt S comments

SCR comments

HQ Traffic
FHWA
Snohomish Co

Comments addressed final clean draft for approval Download approved revised Chapter 1620 for use



 
Chapter 1100 Design Matrix Procedures and 1120 Basic Design Level
These chapters are revised by incorporating existing policy in the Preservation Project Delivery Memo #12-01. As you recall this memo holds the most recent policy and most current version of the Design Matrices. With further changes foreseeable in 2015 for the Design Matrices and Chapter 1100, it's critical now to get DM 1100 and 1120 back up to date in the DM. Technically this is shifting existing policy to the DM from the memo.

  • DM 1100 - The Design Matrices are made to match those in the Memo. Where the matrices showed a note [21], those are revised to show "B" for Basic Design Level, so you will see those tracked changes in the file. (Note [21] referred the memo reader to instruction within the memo itself, which will be retired.)
  • Also note content in 1100.03(4) Safety Improvement Projects is reduced and reference is made to new DM 321 Sustainable Safety, where safety policy is presented.
  • DM 1120 - Direction bullets from the memo are transferred to Chapter 1120.
  • DM 1130/1140 - Minor text added to 1130 and 1140:  Both Chapters 1130 and 1140 in their General Sections will make note of new DM Chapter 1150 as a potential chapter of guidance for contexts that 1150 covers. (this is unrelated to the memo referenced above.) More is planned for 1130 and 1140 in 2015, but want to get this added statement in now.
  • See the three files below.

Complete

CompleteComplete 7/3/14

Complete
7/3/14

Complete

Policy review comment period
6/4/14 - 6/24/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

when published late July

DM 1100 for review and comment

DM 1120 for review and comment

See added sentence for DM 1130.01 and 1140.01, revised to acknowledge new DM 1150
SnoKing 1130&1140
SnoKing1120
SnoKing1100

SWR 1100
SWR supports 1120, 1130, 1140 as-is

SCR 1100
SCR 1120

CPDM 1120

FHWA 1100
FHWA 1120
FHWA 1130/1140 no comment

Zeller re FHWA and 1120
comments provided will be used for this revision update or a larger update intended in 2015.

1100 comments addressed file
7/3/14

1120 comments addressed file
7/3/14

1130/1140 added statement to General sections comment addressed
7/3/14
1100 clean draft for approval

1120 clean draft for approval

1130 / 1140 text edit for approval
State Design Engineer approved: 7/8/14

FHWA approved: 7/11/14




 
Sections of DM 1300 Intersection Control Analysis

Fiscal and right of way constraints are more prevalent today than before. Creative and innovative solutions must be considered to meet the challenge of these constraints. FHWA’s Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative has identified several intersection types aimed at reducing delivery time and enhanced safety benefits for certain situations. This update seeks to include more information on two related alternative intersection types highlighted by the EDC initiative, removes unsubstantiated information from the chapter, and adds references to the new Sustainable Safety Chapter.

· Multiple references back to Chapter 321 Sustainable Safety

· Revised Section 1300.04(5), removing unsubstantiated information

· Revised Section 1300.04(7), including a title and text change.

· Added Subsection 1300.04(7)a, for Median U-Turn intersection type.

· Added Subsection 1300.04(7)b, for Restricted Crossing U-Turn (Superstreet) intersection type.

· Added additional references


READY FOR STATEWIDE REVIEW 6-12-2014
    


Complete

CompleteComplete

Complete

Complete

Policy review comment period
6/12/14 - 6/27/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

7-10-14

download draft chapter sections to review and comment SCR Comments
ER Comments
NWR SnoKing Comments
See comments addressed Final Draft for Approval State Design Engineer approved 7/2/14

FHWA approved 7/10/14

download Chapter 1300 for use 7-10-14


 

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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 6/09/14)


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