Research home

Research impacts all aspects of work at WSDOT, from road materials to the natural environment. Research and Library Services (RLS) provides decision makers with the specialized research and information needed to meet the evolving needs of people and businesses. The Research Office coordinates the process for identifying, selecting, and managing research projects as well as documenting research results and developing and documenting implementation plans and experiences. The WSDOT Library answers reference questions, lends and borrows books and other items, delivers current news alerts and more. It is a repository of agency publications and related transportation research.

WSDOT Research Procedures Manual (pdf 336 kb)

2017-2019 Research Portfolio (pdf 646 kb)

News from the Washington State Transportation Center (pdf 47kb)

Developing Research Projects for the 2019-21 Biennium: Steps to Putting Research to Work for You 

What do you need to do your job better? What problems do you need solved? RLS is here to help. The process is already underway and the submission deadline is October 5, 2018. Below are the steps involved in requesting and carrying out a research project. You are not alone, RLS will guide and support you every step of the way. Contact the Research Office with your questions.

Steps in the Research Process (pdf 133 kb)

WSDOT Research Problem Statement for the 2019-21 Biennium (pdf 295 kb)

WSDOT Research Problem Statements Budget  Worksheet (pdf 263 kb)