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Design Exceptions

What is the design exception process used for?

Design Exception FormThe design exception process is intended to ensure that sound engineering decisions are made when design options are limited.

Exceptions to design standards should be discussed early in the design process when project limits are first determined. All design exception requests must show justification.

Who determines when an exception is acceptable?

The Oregon Department of Transportation chief engineer is responsible to set design standards and evaluate whether modifications are appropriate. The chief engineer has delegated the authority to approve roadway design exceptions to the state traffic roadway engineer.

Design engineers cannot design outside the standard without approval.

Applying for a Design Exception

Please note: Applying for an exception does not guarantee approval. Exceptions must be submitted at or before the Design Acceptance Package milestone.

Search for Approved ADA Curb Ramp Design Exceptions

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Designated Reviewers for General Roadway and ADA Curb Ramp Requests

The following personnel will review draft design exceptions, as applicable.

Please contact the respective unit for guidance regarding deviations from bridge, geo-hydro or traffic standards.

Contact the Roadway Engineering Unit

4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
Phone: 503-986-3568

Current Exceptions

The Design Exception Status spreadsheet is updated weekly.

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