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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 revisions are identified and work is underway for Design Manual revisions for publication July 2015, shown in the table 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.

 

Priority Design Topic / Affects Design Manual Chapter(s)Development 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
Revise Multiple Design Manual chapters in the 1100 series to move WSDOT from standards based design to performance based design:

Revise and create new Chapters in 1100 series focused on Design Element Analysis and Documentation template. The design matrices will be abolished with this effort, allowing engineers to more freely innovate to analyze, select, and size design elements that will meet the focused project need. 
Provide engineering analysis references for this major shift in WSDOT design practice.

Create new Chapter 1100 Design Element Analysis. This is the overview chapter for those new ones listed below. 1100 will introduce practical solutions, performance and need, understanding context, refer to chapters below and the new Basis of Design template, and diagnostic resources and reference materials.

Create new Basis of Design (BOD) documentation template where project teams will document chosen design elements, identify their application toward project need and performance.

Create new Chapter 1101 Design Controls. Will cover design vehicle / design users, target speed, for various contexts. this chapter sets the stage for application of guidance in new Chapter 1102.

Create new chapter 1102 Cross Sectional Design elements. Revise and combine content from chapters 1130, 1140, 1230 (which all covered cross sectional design elements)
into one new chapter. Intent is provide more flexibility in selection of design element dimensions.

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.

Regions have identified special points of contact for review of the above draft chapters and the companion Basis of Design template. This review is planned to begin in late April.
Results of those contributions will shape the draft chapters and BOD for inclusion here on this website later in May or June. At that time a second review (for clarity of content) will be launched.

Policy Team Effort:

Andrew Beagle,
Jeff Petterson,
John Donahue,
Chris Schroedel
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
DM 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
Operational enhancements, Urban freeway retrofit / Chapters impacted TBD - Traffic Office leads on development of a guide, leading to possible future Design Manual content in 2016 or 2017 Traffic / Design
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/ Schroedel
DM 1610 Traffic Barriers - added content planned draft in January Jeff Petterson
DM 530 Limited Access Control
Clarifications by Access and Hearings Unit for sections of chapter
Access & Hearings Unit,
Schroedel
DM 210 Public Involvement
Updates by Access and Hearings Unit on some sections pertaining to hearings
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

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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
Definitions removed and note to see Glossary added.
Turning template exhibits (1430-10 and 11) removed and instruction to use turn simulation software added.
Subsequent Exhibits 1430-12, 13, and 14 renumbered accordingly
Full Section numbers applied throughout chapter

Complete

 current status

next steps

 

 

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

Extended to 4/24/15

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

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



 incorporating and addressing comments coming soon - May 2015

 


 

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revised 1100 series chapters and revised Chapter 300 for later this spring.
See descriptions in top table above.


current status

 

 

 

Review period TBD

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

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Chapter 530 Limited Access Control

Revisions underway by Access and Hearings Unit to clarify policy in some sections of Chapter 530.

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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Chapter 210 Public Involvement
Revision's planned by Access and Hearings Unit to update / clarify hearings procedures in Chapter 210.


current status

 

 

 

Policy review comment period
(from - to)

Policy review comments received

Disposition of review comments

Final FYI post

Available
for use

placeholder

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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

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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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