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Development Services for Local Agencies

What is the framework for the interlocal agreement between WSDOT and local agencies?

The Sample interlocal agreement (pdf 391 kb) provides the beginning framework for WSDOT and Local Agencies to work together with developers to fund, construct improvements and mitigate traffic impacts caused by new developments.  It provides balance in the bearing of costs and a predictable method of assessing traffic mitigation payments.

How do cities, counties or developers get permission to do construction between their property and the highway?


Construction Agreement
 (pdf 44 kb):  This must be obtained before cities and counties begin construction within WSDOT right-of-way.  Special Provisions for Cities eithin Managed Access Areas (Under 25,000 Population) (doc 104 kb)  (Over 25,000 Population) (doc 104 kb) and Countiy (doc 103 kb) projects on State highways or City (doc 103 kb) projects on within Limited Access Areas must be included with the permit application.

Is there a checklist for items WSDOT looks at for plans other than channelization?

Plan review checklist (pdf 13 kb):   All work within our right-of-way must be reviewed and approved by WSDOT.  The plan review checklist will help assure the first submitted plans show all the information needed for a complete review; minimizing the review time and the need for re-submittal.

What is needed to build or modify a traffic signal?

Signal permit application (pdf 21 kb): This provides the guidelines for information that is needed and leads to the necessary signal permit.  Modification of an existing traffic signal or construction of a new signal requires WSDOT review, approval and issuance of a signal permit.

What is needed to turn on a traffic signal?


Traffic Sgnal turn_on Checklist (Word 22 kb): lists critical items of work that must be completed and submitted before scheduling the turning on of a traffic signal.

What information is required on a WSDOT channelization plan?

 Channelization Plan Checklist (pdf 54 kb), Channelization Plan Checklist (Word 35 kb) and Channelization Plan Elements (pdf 351 kb): This will help you include only the required information and elements on your channelization plan, minimize the review time and the need for re-submittals. All channelization plans are kept by WSDOT for reference until they are superseded by new construction.

Are there any examples of Channelization Plans available?

Channelization plan examples:  These examples of may answer most questions you have about WSDOT requirements on channelization plans.


What is required for Striping Plans?


Striping Plan Criterion (pdf 23 kb) is used when reviewing Local Agency submitted Striping Plans.

What is required for a Transit Stop Permit?

The Transit Stop Permit Policy and Procedure document (docx 23kb) describes the process for review and approval of a Transit Stop Permit. An Application for Transit Stop  (docx 41kb) must be completed by the rquesting agency.  A Transit Stop Permit docx 33kb) example should answer questions about the actual permit

What is needed if a design doesn’t meet the WSDOT Design Manual guidelines?

Deviation guidelines (pdf 100 kb)  and cover (pdf 17 kb):  These sheets will help you produce the documentation needed when you are unable to meet WSDOT design guidelines.  Authorization to deviate from guidelines must be obtained from WSDOT.

Are there examples of driveway design for cities, counties or developers?

Access (driveway) examples:  a design guide for access connections.  They will help answer your questions about how the driveway (access connection) should be designed.

Who has jurisdiction over a state highway within the city limits?

The Association of Washington Cities and WSDOT have agreed to guidelines for state highways as city streets  in the interpretation of selected topics of RCW 47.24.  This document also includes Figures of WAC 468-18-050 for the construction, operation and maintenance responsibilities of WSDOT and cities for city streets that are state highways.

What is the last step before construction can begin in the state right-of-way?

Pre-construction conference  (pdf 36 kb):  This must take place before any construction within the state right-of-way can begin.  The agenda provides a list of items to be brought to the meeting and items to be addressed, when the local agency and their contractor meet with the WSDOT Development/Local Agency Construction Representative.

What does the WSDOT inspector look at when he inspects my driveway?

Inspection checklist (pdf 9 kb):  This answers most questions about what WSDOT inspects.

WSDOT will ultimately be paying the utility bill for the work we are doing.  How do we make sure that happens?

Service agreement checklist (pdf 9 kb):  A service agreement is required when the WSDOT will be paying for ongoing utility service (electrical, telephone, water, etc.) in a facility constructed by a local agency or developer.  The service agreement checklist will provide a guide for the information that will make the approval process for a service agreement more efficient, minimizing the review time and the need for re-submittals.

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