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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.

The WSDOT Design Manual is published once per year in July. Priority Planning is underway for Design Manual revisions for publication July 2015 (some projects may be published sooner as dictated by priority and urgency). This site will be updated further to reflect our priority design policy work.

This cycle of design policy evolution will be focused on furthering Practical Design policy and guidance in accordance with Secretary's Executive Order E 1090 Moving Washington Forward: Practical Solutions, dated August 20, 2014.  Information subject to change.

Priority Design Topic / Affects Design Manual Chapter(s)Development Lead
Develop Context Classification System /
(Manual placement TBD, possibly in Volume 1)
Andrew Beagle
Context and Modally Integrated Design - Phase 2 (Expands new Chapter 1150) Andrew Beagle
Multiple DM chapters: deconstruction / reconstruction related to these other topics (coordinate with emerging practical design policies, identify and remove conflicts) Chris Schroedel
Rumble Strips / Chapter 1600 John Donahue
Chain link fence update / chapters 730, possibly 1515 Chris Schroedel
Bus Pullouts / Name
Practical Intersections, interchanges, Roundabouts, design vehicle updates, compact RDBT / 1330, 1320, 1360 additions and changes Traffic / Design
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Operational enhancements, Urban freeway retrofit / Chapters impacted TBD Name
High Speed Urban Facility Design / chapters 1130, 1140 Name
DM 620 Design of Pavement Structure Chris Schroedel / Mats Lab updates
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The Details of Each Chapter Revision
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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 being using the new material before it is officially published


Below are placeholders that will be populated with priority work descriptions.

 
Develop Context Classification System

Context classification is the name of a new planning and design approach under development now at WSDOT. Highway design depends on interpreting the context and purpose of the facility. The context can be used to determine the designs that best fit the situation.
Functional classification and annual daily traffic are currently the primary indicators of context.

Objective: Explore the key contextual factors of land use that should influence planning and design decisions.
Determine a process for incorporating land use and transportation context into planning and design decision making (including documentation protocols that carry forward from planning through design).
Produce specific policy and guidance that illustrates a process for understanding contextual factors and how that interacts with transportation design.

Plan/Tasks:
Design Office continues facilitating and working with established peer team.
Determine the relevant or most influential land use information that should influence planning and design decision making.
Develop documentation protocol that will carry land use based decisions from planning through design.
Write chapter/guide that explains a procedural process for evaluating land use contextual factors relevant for transportation planning and design.

Current Status: Collaborative Peer Team established and tasks underway to ultimately develop draft materials for review here.

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Policy review comment period
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Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

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Context and Modally Integrated Design - Phase 2 (Expands new Chapter 1150)
Objective: 
Expand chapter from just a main street road type focus to include additional road types including 4 types of boulevard designs, avenue and street roadway types. Determine how the context classifications system (see above) will influence choices in road type selection.

Plan/Tasks: 
Develop policy, guidance and procedures for lane elimination (aka road diets or right-sizing), and draft section for the chapter on this element.
Develop policy, guidance and procedures for modeling local network grids and how to utilize that information for assessing solutions. Draft a chapter section on this element.
Develop policy, guidance and procedures for multiple road types including various boulevards, avenue and street road types. Draft content for the Chapter on this topic.
Produce and coordinate press release about NACTO Adoption.

current status

 

Policy review comment period
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Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

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all comments are posted here
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comments are combined and addressed here
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clean version posted here (comments removed, etc.)
After State and Federal approvals are obtained, a chapter is posted here for designers to begin using before the revision package is published.

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Chapter 620 Design of Pavement Structure
WSDOT HQ Materials Lab has revised this chapter to correspond to current procedures and manuals.

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Policy review comment period
10/14/14 to 11/04/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

Download draft Chapter 620 HQ CN good as is

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Placeholder: Chapter # or Priority topic
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Placeholder: Chapter # or Priority topic
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Review comment period
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Comments received

Disposition of review comments

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for use

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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 7/18/14)


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