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Active Design Manual Revisions

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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.

This cycle of design policy revisions is focused on furthering Practical Design policy and guidance in accordance with Moving Washington Forward: Practical Solutions , and Results WSDOT – Our Strategic Plan .

The WSDOT Design Manual is typically published once per year in July. For 2015, publication will likely fall in September or October in order to shift to new practical design content and drop the use of the standards-based design matrix approach.

Priority Design Topic / Affects Design Manual Chapter(s) Lead
Develop Context Classification System
(Manual placement TBD, possibly in Volume 1)

This work is planned for 2016
Andrew Beagle
Context and Modally Integrated Design - Phase 2 (Expands new Chapter 1150)
This work is planned for 2016
Andrew Beagle
Practical Design
Revise Multiple Design Manual chapters to shift WSDOT from standards based design to performance based practical design in 2015. Create new replacement content in 1100 and 1200 Design Manual chapter series focused on Practical Design:

Review Status

An early review of "60%" draft content was conducted April 20 - May 15, 2015 in WSDOT SharePoint by region-selected points of contact. Edits and additional material is underway in response to this input. Another review is planned in mid July. A final FYI posting is planned for this site following that 2nd review at which time approvals will be sought.

New content is evolving and covers:
Practical Design Overview; Identifying Need; Identifying Context; Design Controls; Alternatives Analysis; Design Element Analysis; documentation protocol using Basis of Design. Chapter 1230 is expanded to provide section views, guidance narrative, and ranges of dimensions for context-based road and street types.

Revise Chapter 300 according to new guidance above This includes dropping terms and procedures known as design exception and evaluate upgrade among other changes. Deviations will still be a variance WSDOT uses and will remain in the chapter narrative. Add guidance on approvals for the Basis of Design.

Policy Team Effort:

Andrew Beagle,
Jeff Petterson,
John Donahue,
Chris Schroedel
Kurt Sielbach
Rumble Strips / Chapter 1600 John Donahue
Fall Protection - Chain link fence update for public and fall protection for workers (impacts chapters 730, 1515) John Donahue/ Chris Schroedel
1430 Transit Facilities. Updated Bus stop / pullouts guidance per revised WAC 468-46. John Donahue, HQ Traffic office
As resources allow, likely 2016 effort: Practical Intersections, interchanges (D.D.I.), Roundabouts, design vehicle updates, compact RDBT / 1330, 1320, 1360 additions and changes

Traffic / Design
DM 1330 Traffic Control Signals Traffic / Schroedel
Name
DM 620 Design of Pavement Structure Chris Schroedel / Mats Lab updates
DM 310 Value Engineering Mark Gabel / Chris Schroedel
DM 305 Managing Projects - minor updates Mark Gabel / Chris Schroedel
Sustainable Safety - phase 2 scope TBD: new content added to Design Manual or SHS website. Safety Peers
DM 1610 Traffic Barriers - added content planned draft in January Jeff Petterson
DM 530 Limited Access Control
Clarifications by Access and Hearings for sections of chapter and updates to better coincide with practical design.
Access & Hearings Unit,
Schroedel
DM 540 Managed Access Control
Clarifications by Access and Hearings; and Updated to align with Practical Design content
Access & Hearings Unit,
Schroedel


The Details of Each Chapter Revision
more details will be added here

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 resulting in a new process for determining design speed, modal compatibility, and desired performance.
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.

current status
Policy review comment period
(from - to)

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

Placeholder


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

Update 4/2/15: this work is on hold and will come later in 2015, or in 2016 as resources allow, while other 1100 series work identified above takes priority for 2015 July publication.

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
(from - to)

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post Available
for use
planned for late 2015 or 2016 placeholder:

all comments are posted here
placeholder:

comments are combined and addressed here
placeholder:

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.

complete complete complete 11-18-14 complete 11-19-14 current
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 after approvals

Download draft Chapter 620 HQ CN good as is

ER comment

SCR good as is consider PPM for estimating content

HLP - good as is

NCR comment - is this chapter really needed?
Comments addressed Final draft WSDOT approval obtained 4/22/15

FHWA approval obtained 5/12/15

download Chapter 620 for use

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Chapter 310 Value Engineering
The following content has been added:

  • Combined Value Engineering and Risk Assessment
  • Value Engineering and the connection with Practical Design
  • Project Management and Master Deliverables List elements
Complete complete complete complete Current
Policy review comment period
11/25/14 to 12/31/14

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments
1-14-15

Final FYI post

1/15/15

Available
for use

download draft Chapter 310 HQ Design Tevis
HQ Design Fletcher
HQ HLP
HLP Attachment
HLP Attachment
HQ Design Beagle
ER Local Programs Engineer supports changes
HQ Construction comments
ER
SnoKing

Replied support for revisions as made or stated no comments:
FHWA, SWR, SCR
see comments addressed, edits made Final Draft for Approval WSDOT approval obtained 4/22/15

FHWA approval obtained 5/12/15

Download Chapter 310 for use

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Chapter 305 Managing Projects
Draft revision adds content about risk assessment and new Executive orders

complete complete

complete current status current
Review comment period
12/15/14 to 1/15/15

Comments received
1/2015

Disposition of review comments
4/6/15

Final FYI post

Available
for use

Download draft Chapter 305 Support revisions as made:
Mount Baker Area, HQ Construction, ER, SCR, FHWA

Sno-King Comments
See Draft Chapter 305 Comments addressed
Final Draft for approval WSDOT approval obtained: 4/22/15

FHWA approval obtained 5/12/15

Download Chapter 305 for use

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Chapter 1430 Transit Facilities
Bus stop and pullout guidance revised per changes to WAC 468-46

In response revisions to WAC 468-46 Transit Vehicle Stop Zones, guidance has been revised in Design Manual Chapter 1430.
Other chapter changes include:
References section updated, emphasis on AASHTO Transit Guide 
Definitions removed and note to see Glossary added.
Turning template exhibits (1430-10 and 11) removed and instruction to use turn simulation software added.
Full Section numbers applied throughout chapter

Complete current status current status
Policy review comment period
(3/10/15 - 4/10/15)

Extended to 4/24/15

Policy review comments received

WSDOT / Transit coordination draft
6-24-15

Final FYI post Available
for use
Download draft chapter 1430 to review and comment Support draft as-is:
HQ Construction
FHWA, HQ Roadside

Support with changes:
SWR Comments
SnoKing Comments
WSDOT Design Liaison comments
OR comments
ER comments

Raw comments here informed the working draft at right.


1430 working draft


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Chapter 1330 Traffic Control Signals

Policy on Accessible Pedestrian Signals is revised

current status current status
Review period 6/23/15 - 7/14/15 Policy review comments received Disposition of review comments Final FYI post Available
for use

Download Draft Chapter 1330 to review and comment


Support draft revision:
HQ Construction

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Chapter 530 Limited Access Control


Revisions by Access and Hearings to clarify policy in some sections of Chapter 530. Chapter also revised to better align with practical design guidance (forthcoming this revisions cycle).

current status
Policy review comment period
6/4/15 - 6/30/15
Policy review comments received Disposition of review comments
Final FYI post
Available
for use

Download Draft Chapter 530 to review and comment 530 WSF
530 HQ CN

Mount Baker Area
SnoKing

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Chapter 540 Managed Access Control
Revision made by Access and Hearings Unit to clarify content. Chapter also revised to better align with practical design guidance (forthcoming this revisions cycle).

current status
Policy review comment period
6/4/15 - 6/30/15

Policy review comments received Disposition of review comments Final FYI post Available
for use

Download Draft Chapter 540 to review and comment 540 HQ CN
Mount Baker Area
SnoKing

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Placeholder: Chapter # or Priority topic
Policy revision description: text here


current status
Policy review comment period
(from - to)

Policy review comments received Disposition of review comments Final FYI post Available
for use
placeholder


Placeholder: Chapter # or Priority topic
Policy revision description: text here

current status
Policy review comment period
(from - to)

Policy review comments received Disposition of review comments Final FYI post Available
for use

placeholder


Placeholder: Chapter # or Priority topic
Policy revision description: text here

current status
Policy review comment period
(from - to)
Policy review comments received Disposition of review comments Final FYI post Available
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 5/8/15)




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