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You can order hard copies of selected manuals online from the Contractor Plans Office, by calling (503) 986-6936, or you can e-mail your request to contractorplans@odot.state.or.us.

Manuals available for purchase are identified by an asterisk (*) to the right of the title.

Always refer to guidance documents to insure you have the latest manual updates and technical practices.
Access Management-Vol. 1 - Approach Application and Permit Process
Volume 1 provides policy direction regarding implementation of OAR 734-051, Highway Approaches, Access Control, Spacing Standards and Medians. Key chapters provide background on the Department’s Access Management Permit Application Process and on the process for implementing the Access Management program within Department projects.

NOTE: A new release of Chapter 3 titled "Guidelines and Resources for Access Management in Project Development" is now available at Project Delivery.
Access Management-Vol. 2 - Analytical and Technical Information (Transportation Analysis)
Volume 2 provides engineering analyses and technical information in support of the Department’s Access Management program, including research conducted by Oregon State University’s Transportation Research Institute. These studies form the basis of the ODOT Access Management technical standards.
A Guide to Oregon's Covered Bridges 2005
A user friendly map to Oregon’s covered bridges complete with brief descriptions and driving directions. The map can be found at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/BRIDGE/covered_bridges.shtml, or an individual CD may be ordered by sending an e-mail request to bridge@odot.state.or.us.
Assessment & Mitigation of Liquifaction Hazards to Bridge Embankments in Oregon
This research paper describes the most current methods available for evaluating the liquefaction potential of foundation soils and provides methods for estimating permanent embankment deformations due to earthquake shaking, including embankments constructed on liquefiable soils. It also provides an in-depth overview of the seismic performance of bridges and presents liquefaction mitigation design procedures and examples.
Bridge Cost Data Book
Contains bid item summary, deck area unit cost summary, mobilization percentage, bid item summary for the last 3 federal fiscal years, and cost data summary on bridge projects including design-build.
Bridge Data System (BDS) User Guide
The Bridge Data System (BDS) is the utility used to assign National Bridge Inventory numbers to structures in the state. The system also assigns design drawings numbers related to the structures within the state and provides the capability to view the scanned images of the design drawings.
Bridge Design and Drafting Manual
This edition contains the latest corrections, clarifications, and up-to-date information used by the bridge design community to help guide the design of their bridge projects. Guidelines contained in this manual apply to the designs of bridge projects that began on or after the posting of the updated edition. This manual is updated on a 6-month cycle (April and October). Previous editions and summaries of updates are listed for reference.
Bridge Inspection Coding Guide 2009
This document is the ODOT Pocket Field Manual for bridge inspectors. It contains AASHTO Core Bridge Element Condition Rating Criteria, ODOT Bridge Inspection Business Rules and Operational Guidelines, and the dynamic sections of the National Bridge Inventory Coding Guide.
Bridge Inspector's Reference Manual 2006
Contains the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS), which is the founding manual used to train and certify bridge inspectors.
Bridge Log (2014)
A complete listing of ODOT-owned structures arranged by ODOT Highway Number and Milepost. The data given for each bridge includes Bridge Number, full structure name, span description and other structural features, horizontal and vertical clearances, major construction years and design load. The Bridge Log also includes some roadway features such as boundaries, junctions, and mile point equations to help in locating a bridge relative to nearby highway landmarks.
Bridge Section Office Practice Manual 2003
This manual contains the bridge design standards and practices used by the bridge design community prior to the publication of the October 2004 Bridge Design and Drafting Manual.
FHWA Recording and Coding Guide 1996
This document contains the National Bridge Inventory Coding Guide, which is used to code the Structure Inventory & Appraisal (SI & A) items for each structure.
Foundation Design Practices and Procedures 2005
This manual describes ODOT's policy and procedures for the design of bridge foundations. It includes a description of the overall foundation design process and what should be included in a Foundation Report. It is the main resource and reference for bridge foundation design in ODOT.
This document provides procedural information that is intended:
  • To guide fabricators in the submission of electronic shop drawings to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT),
  • To guide the Engineer of Record (ODOT or Consultant) in providing shop drawing submittal review information to the Project Managers and/or contractors, and
  • To guide reviewers in processing of electronic submittals.
Construction Manual *
This Construction Manual describes or references practices needed to administer contracts under the Oregon Standard Specifications (2001 or newer edition). Nothing in this manual changes any provision or specification included in the contract or any applicable laws, ordinances, or regulations.
HMAC Supplemental Test Procedures
Supplemental Tests Procedures for HMAC and EAC cited in: "Contractor Mix Design Guidelines for Asphalt Concrete"
Inspector's Manual *
This Inspector's Manual provides guidelines to the inspector for inspecting and documenting work on ODOT contracts. This Inspector's Manual references the Oregon Standard Specifications (2001 or later) and other publications.
Manual of Field Test Procedures
This manual is designed to be used by contractor and agency technicians for the sampling and testing of construction materials, and to determine their conformance to ODOT specifications. Included herein are the Test Procedures, the Quality Assurance Program, report forms and examples, and the Field Tested Materials Acceptance Guide, to be used by field personnel for guidance, reference and instruction.
Mix Design Guide
These guidelines outline the procedures to be used in developing, testing and submitting asphalt concrete mix designs for ODOT contracts and for projects with other agencies that use the Oregon Standard Specifications for Construction 2002.
Non-Field Tested Materials Acceptance Guide *
This document is to be used as a guide for documentation required for acceptance of materials on ODOT construction projects and does not relieve the user of requirements specified in the construction project documents.
Pavement Design Guide
The purpose of the ODOT Pavement Design Guide is to provide a summation of design requirements for use by ODOT personnel and private consultants (contractors) who are engaged in the preparation of pavement designs for the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Quality Control Compliance Specialist (QCCS) Manual
This handbook provides guidelines and references to the ODOT QCCS or contracting representative performing the role of the QCCS. The document defines the duties, responsibilities, requirements and paperwork management as outlined under the ODOT system.
Air Quality Manual
The ODOT Air Quality Manual is a technical guidance manual to assist in carrying out air quality analysis for transportation.
Archaeology-Procedures Manual
Provides an overview of the Oregon Department of Transportation Archaeology Program and Procedures, federal and state resource protection laws, as well as tribal coordination and contacts. There are also example documents including special provisions for construction and right of entry forms.
CETAS Notebook
CETAS Notebook is a background and basic procedural guidance for the steps taken to move large transportation projects through the CETAS review process, which is accomplished through collaboration and streamlined, up-front permitting.
Cultural Resources Procedural Manual
This document explains potential work products for Cultural Resources documentation of ODOT projects. It includes a brief description of work products and describes the submittal process. It also provides requirements for consultants performing Cultural Resources tasks, provides contact information for ODOT Cultural Resources staff, and provides a link to sample Cultural Resources documentation on ODOT’s ftp site. Work products include Section 106 documents, 4(f) documents, Memorandum of Agreement, Programmatic Agreement Memorandum, Cultural Resources Baseline Reports, Cultural Resources Technical Reports, and ORS358.653 documentation. Samples of these documents in an Agency approved format are available on the ODOT Geo-Environmental ftp site.
Environmental Services Section, Oregon Department of Transportation, Regional Environmental Coordinator
The handbook is a reference for Region Environmental Coordinators. It discusses processes such as project scoping, project classification, prospectus development, project teams, and construction. It also reviews the myriad of resource areas covered by Geo-Environmental Services including 404 permitting, air quality, archeology, biology, energy, environmental justice, farm land preservation, flooding, geology, HazMat, navigation, noise, recreation, scenic waterways, socioeconomics, visual resources, water quality and wetlands. A brief discussion of environmental regulations is included as well as a list of acronyms and abbreviations. The handbook has broader applications because it is a single volume resource for the multiple environmental issues that ODOT deals with in project development. It is a suitable reference tool for project leaders, designers, and transportation planners.
Erosion Control Field Manual *
The ODOT Erosion Control Field Manual has basic information from the Erosion Control Manual, but focuses on construction and maintenance of best management practices. (Printed copies available in August 2006.)
Erosion Control Manual *
The ODOT Erosion Control Manual has planning, design, and construction guidelines designed to help users understand and fulfill erosion and sediment control requirements on agency-sponsored projects.
Geo-Technical Design Manual
A manual of geotechnical practice for ODOT highway projects. The manual describes design procedures for geotec embankments, cuts, seismic design, foundations, and material sources. The manual is updated on a 6 month schedule.
HazMat-Program Procedures
The ODOT HazMat Program Procedures Guidance Manual provides guidance for all the work conducted by Region Hazardous Materials' staff. It includes, safety polices and procedures, methods for determining ODOT's cleanup liability, assessment and special provisions requirements for STIP and other construction projects, assessment and cleanup options for surplus property, maintenance yard cleanup and budgeting procedures, spill response procedures and technical assistance expectation.
Hydraulics Manual
The Hydraulics Manual provides hydrologic and hydraulic analysis procedures for most situations encountered in highway design.
NEPA Manual, Vol. 1
Volume 1 provides an overview of applicable regulations, the project planning and development process, environmental documentation requirements and procedures, and examples of forms and other communications used in environmental documentation.
Noise Manual
The ODOT Noise Manual documents Department procedures and methodology for dealing with highway traffic noise and construction noise within Oregon. The Manual is in response to a mandate by FHWA to all states to create a noise manual that would explain the individual state's interpretations and practices for meeting mandated federal requirement for traffic noise analysis and mitigation. The ODOT Noise Manual defines when traffic noise impacts occur and defines reasonableness and feasibility of mitigation. The Manual explains Oregon Transportation Commission's policy on traffic noise and noise mitigation. The Manual also provides references to other documentation for noise analysis and mitigation.
Retaining Structures Manual
This manual has been prepared as a guide for personnel involved with the review, recommendation, selection, and design of retaining structures.
Roadside Development Manual
Provides a common language and basis for understanding visual resources, landscaping, and context sensitive design, for all federal, state, and local partners in the development of ODOT projects.
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Estimating Manual
The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance to project estimators for preparing the Estimate for an ODOT construction project.
PS&E Delivery Manual - Previously "A User's Guide to PS&E"
The goal of this document is to clearly define the deliverable items required for an ODOT construction project before advertisement and competitive bid.
Specification and Writing Style Manual
This manual provides instructions for the preparation of the Oregon Department of Transportation's standard specifications, boiler plate special provisions, and project special provisions, and is designed to achieve simpler specifications and to meet the Plain Language requirements of ORS 183.750.
Specification Related Guidance
This link takes you to the web page for the Office of Project Letting (OPL) wherein a variety of manuals, user guides, specifications, forms and references are available for use in developing ODOT projects for advertisement and award.
Project Delivery Guidebook
As a business line, we are committed to continually improving our project delivery process. It is with this goal in mind that the Project Delivery Guide has been produced. The Guide covers the basic steps associated with the program development portion of project delivery. Its main focus is on the steps involved in the development and delivery of various types of highway projects.
Contractor Services Guide
This publication gives the guidelines and procedures that consultants and contractors must adhere to and follow when doing right of way work for ODOT. It spells out how they are to handle the various right of way functions, and the services and coordination provided by the consultants or contractors.
Right of Way Manual
The Right of Way Manual provides the organizational and operating procedures for the Right of Way Section. All Right of Way providers are expected to adhere to this manual. Because of continuous improvements made to our processes and procedures, and because federal and state laws frequently change, the Right of Way Manual is regularly updated. Revisions are published as they become available. However, it is the responsibility of the user to keep up to date with any changes in federal and state laws that may not be reflected in the most recent version of the Right of Way Manual.

Utility Manual

The Utility Relocation Program establishes and implements a uniform standard and process for relocating utility facilities that complies with Federal, State, and local laws and rules.​

2002 Policy Statement for Cooperative Traffic Control Projects
This document defines the agreement between cities/counties and ODOT on traffic control projects, as well as the breakdown of responsibilities.
Traffic Structures Design Manual
This manual will guide regional technical center and consultant personnel in the design of traffic structures. Included are recommended guidelines the Traffic Structures Designer can use to design projects and provide construction support.

Updated May 2015
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A Guide to School Area Safety
A guide to those interested in school zone safety, covers the laws and regulations for school zones, safe routes to school, establishing school zones, the use of traffic control devices, educational programs and other resources. (June 2006 interim version)
Guidelines for the Operations of Highway Advisory Radio on State Highways
The Guidelines for the Operation of Highway Advisory Radio on State Highways were first developed by the Traffic Engineering and Operations Section in January 2002 with input from the Oregon Traffic Control Devices Committee and regional traffic managers. The guidelines were updated in June 2005 to include guidance on the use of highway advisory radio (HAR) for Amber Alert broadcasts. Information on Travelers Advisory Radio stations operated by state and local agencies is provided in Supplement A. These guidelines are consistent with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD 2003).
Guidelines for the Operations of Variable Message Signs on State Highways
The Guidelines for the Operation of Variable Message Signs on State Highways were developed by the Traffic Management Section and initially approved by the Oregon Traffic Control Devices Committee in 1995. The Guidelines were updated in January 2000 and supplements on portable variable message signs and sample messages were included. A revision in 2002 added sections on siting considerations and the approval process for permanent signs and clarified guidance on the selection of messages and message display. In June 2004 information on displaying messages related to icy conditions and Supplement D on the use of VMSs for the Amber Alert System were added. In July 2005 Supplement D was revised to modify the standard message to be posted when an Amber Alert is activated.
Highway Safety Program Guide
This document replaces the October 2002 version of the Hazard Elimination Program (HEP) Guide and is the standard guidance document for developing and programming safety projects into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). This document has been reviewed by the ODOT Traffic Operations Leadership Team (TOLT) and the Highway Safety Engineering Committee (HSEC).
Inspector's Manual for Signal Construction
This document contains general information for the construction of traffic signals and related installations. The purpose of this manual is to provide project managers and inspectors with information to assist in successful installation of traffic signals and other electrical projects in compliance with the contract documents. This manual is not intended to replace or supersede contract documents.
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Lighting Policy and Guidelines
The purpose of the Lighting Policy and Guidelines is to assist in the lighting design of future construction and reconstruction projects on state highways.
Oregon Supplements to the MUTCD
Deviations to the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) are published in the Oregon Supplement to the MUTCD and are made for justifiable reasons, such as instances where Oregon law deviates from the MUTCD. These deviations are adopted through the OAR process and by permission of the FHWA.
Oregon Temporary Traffic Control Handbook
This handbook provides a quick reference for the traffic control principles and standards for temporary traffic control zones in place for 3 days or less on public roads in Oregon. It is based on the principles set forth in Part 6 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and is an Oregon Supplement to the 2009 MUTCD.
Pavement Marking Design Guidelines
This manual provides a guide for the preparation of pavement marking (striping) plans for contract plans. Pavement marking plans developed for contracts let by ODOT should closely follow the guideline provided in this manual. The manual also contains information on standard drawings and details, pavement marking materials, specifications, and cost estimates.
Red Light Running (RLR) Camera Guidelines
This document has been prepared by ODOT and the Oregon Traffic Control Devices Committee (OTCDC), in response to what appeared to be a growing disrespect for traffic laws in general, and disobeying red traffic signal indications in particular, and to assist local jurisdictions in the deployment of Red Light Running (RLR) Cameras.
Sign Collection Manual
This manual provides a complete document to guide both the data collection and data entry components of sign asset management so that there is a statewide standard that can be understood and followed by all of the districts.
Sign Inventory Field Handbook
The ODOT Sign Inventory Field Handbook is designed solely to be a quick reference guide; and is not intended for use as a training manual. Instructions and definitions pertinent to conducting a sign inventory are included. Each person conducting an inventory should follow the contents of this book as closely as possible to ensure repeatable results and statewide- or program-wide uniformity and consistency.
Sign Policy and Guidelines for the State Highway System *
The Sign Policy and Guidelines is a combination of the State of Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, Federal Highway Administration rules and guidelines, and engineering practices used for signing on Oregon highways. The policy manual further clarifies the use of signs from the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and defines Oregon policy for signs that are not addressed in the MUTCD.
Speed Zone Manual
The Speed Zone Manual discusses research and field investigations as part of the speed zone investigations process. It also discusses the Speed Zone Report in detail.
Standard Specification for Microcomputer Signal Controller *
This document contains the specifications and drawings for microcomputer controllers and related peripheral equipment. This includes the cabinet shell, mounting racks, control equipment, equipment layout, wiring, and applicable testing required.
Standards for Accessible Parking Places
ODOT is responsible for providing design of accessible parking spaces and signs in accordance with ORS 477.233. The standards provide guidelines for the size of accessible parking spaces, the required pavement markings, and required signs as well as guidelines for installation. The standards also provide a list of sign fabricators and pavement marking contractors who can be contacted to do this work.
Traffic Control Plans Design Manual
This manual provides an organized collection of traffic control standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures. It outlines Traffic Control Plans (TCP) Design in general (job description, design processes) and progresses to specific TCP design elements (Traffic Control Devices, standard drawings, bid estimates, specifications, etc.). It is to be used as a resource, a guide, a technical reference and a teaching aide as well.
Traffic Lighting Design Manual
Detailed design practices. This manual addresses items not included in the AASHTO Guide and provides clarification on included items.
The Traffic Line Manual provides a guide for uniformity on pavement markings on the State Highway System. It is designed to be used by striping crews, construction inspectors, designers, and others who are involved in the layout and design of pavement markings on State Highways. It also provides General Principles and Standards for use of pavement markers and permanent surface mounted tubular markers.
Traffic Manual *
The material contained herein is for reference purposes only to aid new employees and those unfamiliar with ODOT Traffic Engineering practices in accessing applicable standards, statutes, rules and policies.
The Traffic Sign Design Manual provides a guide for the design of signing for projects on the State Highway System. The manual is designed to be used by consultants, local agencies, and ODOT designers. Signing plans developed for contracts let by ODOT should closely follow the format provided in the manual. The manual also contains some general information on sign materials as well as some typical sign layouts.
Traffic Signal Design Manual
The material contained herein is for informational purposes only and may be used to aid new employees, and those unfamiliar with ODOT Traffic Engineering practices, in accessing and applying applicable standards, statutes, rules, and policies related to traffic signal design.
Traffic Signal Materials List (Blue, Green and Red Sheets)
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The Blue Sheets and Green Sheets, appropriately marked by the contractor, will be accepted as an equipment list in accordance with 00960.02 of the Standard Specifications. Both contain materials that meet current standards/specifications and are pre-qualified if used for the intended purpose. The Red Sheets, pursuant to OAR 479.540 and ORS 918-261-0037, are not used for construction qualification or approval of products during construction, but as a statewide list of certification exempt traffic management systems components used by the ODOT, Oregon cities and counties, and other applicable public agencies. The exemption from certification removes the UL or NRTL certification requirements of Red Sheet listed items used in traffic management systems.
ODOT is responsible for installation, operation and maintenance of traffic control signals on the State Highway System. These guidelines provide necessary information to individuals involved in any of the above areas of responsibility.
Basic Survey Manual
Basic Surveying-Theory and Practice manual is intended to provide instruction to new employees in basic surveying procedures and practices.
Contract Plans Development Guide *
This guide gives the standards for drafting symbology and specifics to ODOT workflow for drafting contract plans. Primarily for Roadway section of the plans.

Highway Design Manual (2012 | 2003 - English Version)

The 2012 edition is the current manual for highway design standards. This modifies AASHTO's policy on geometric design for Oregon specific designs.

Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is a guide to ODOT, cities, and counties in developing bikeway and walkway systems. It explains laws relating to bikeways and walkways and provides information to citizens. The Plan provides standards for planning, designing, and maintaining bikeways and walkways.
Oregon Standard Drawings *
The 2002 edition of both Metric and English drawings are the combined ODOT and APWA drawings. These drawings are intended to represent the current engineering practice for common items. There are three sections included in the manual: Roadway, Bridge, and Traffic. Revisions come out twice a year in January and July.
Specifications Writing Style Manual *
This link takes you to the web page for the Office of Project Letting (OPL) wherein a variety of manuals, user guides, specifications, forms and references are available for use in developing ODOT projects for advertisement and award.
Standard Details
These are drawings for items that are common but require some modification for site specific requirements. These are most of the way completed using standard engineering practice but will need to be completed by the project design engineer.