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Highway Design Manual

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Roadway Engineering is responsible for the update and interpretation of the Highway Design Manual.  This unit is located in the Traffic-Roadway section.

Dave Polly
Senior Standards Engineer
(503) 986-3738
 Lily Nguyen
Operations & Design Manual      
(503) 986-3772
Urban Design
Rich Crossler-Laird
Senior Urban Design Engineer  
(503) 986-3741
Rural Design
Christopher Henson
Senior Roadway Engineer
(503) 986-3561
Interchange Design
Kent Belleque
Senior Interchange Design Engineer   
(503) 986-3536
Interchange Design
Dave Warrick
Interchange Engineer
(503) 986-3560

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2012 English Manual

Title Page/Preface

Table of Contents


1 - Design Standard Policies and Processes

2 - Design Controls and Criteria

3 - Elements of Design

4 - Cross Section Elements

5 - Urban and Rural Freeway Design

6 - Urban Highway Design (Non - Freeway)

7 - Rural Highway Design (Non - Freeway)

8 - Intersections

9 - Grade Separations and Interchanges

10 - Special Design Elements

11 - Roadside Inventory, Design Process, Survey, and Right of Way

12 - Public Transportation and Guidelines

13 - Pedestrian and Bicycle

14 - Design Exception Process

15 - Contract Plans, Specifications, and Estimates

16 - 3D Roadway Design



Appendix A - Functional Classification

Appendix B - OHP Highway Classification by Milepoint

Appendix C - Freight Mobility, Vertical Clearance, and Resources

Appendix F - FACS - STIP Tool Guide (This link is for Internal ODOT Employees ONLY)
Appendix I - Intentionally left blank

Full HDM in one PDF   (Note: This file is 49 MB)
Summary Document - This file contains a summary of each chapter and highlights some of the differences between the 2012 and the 2003 HDM editions.

FHWA Approval 

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Tech Bulletins & Exceptions

These related sites may be of interest:
1) Technical Bulletins 
2) Design Exceptions

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Change Requests

If you would like to suggest changes to the Highway Design Manual, fill out the form on the "Request for Change to Highway Design Manual" page.

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Ordering Copies

The 2012 Highway Design Manual is an online document. No hard copies are available for sale.
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