Design - Development Services for Local Agencies

What is the framework for the interlocal agreement between WSDOT and local agencies?
Interlocal agreements are not mandatory but do provide a Sample Interlocal Agreement (pdf 186 kb) 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?
The Construction Agreement - Construction by Local Agency at Local Agency Expense form (pdf 44 kb) must be obtained before cities and counties begin construction within WSDOT right-of-way. There are special provisions for Cities within Managed Access Areas (Under 27,500 Population) or (Over 27,500 Population) and County projects on State highways or City 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?
This plan review checklist (pdf 20 kb) is an example checklist for reference. 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?
The Traffic Signal Permit Application (pdf 96 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 Signal Turn On Checklist (pdf 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?
NWR Channelization Plan Checklist (pdf 34 kb) and the Olympic Region plan for approval (pdf 382 kb).  These examples 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 All channelization plans are kept by WSDOT for reference until they are superseded by new construction.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?
These channelization plan examples (pdf 5.03 mb) should answer most questions you have about WSDOT requirements on channelization plans.

What is required for Striping Plans?
Striping Plan Criterion (pdf 18 kb) is an example to use when reviewing Local Agency submitted Striping Plans.

What is required for a Transit Stop Permit?
The Transit Stop Permit Policy and Procedure document (pdf 23kb) describes the process for review and approval of a Transit Stop Permit. An Application for Transit Stop - WSDOT Form 510-017 (pdf 199 kb) must be completed by the requesting agency. A Transit Stop Permit  - WSDOT Form 510-006 (pdf 207 kb) example should answer questions about the actual permit.

What is needed if a design doesn’t meet the WSDOT Design Manual guidelines?
A Design Analysis is required when a dimension chosen does not meet the value or fall within the range of values, provided for that element in chapter 300 of the Design Manual. The considerations described in the Design Manual may be useful when completing a Design Analysis.

Are there examples of driveway design for cities, counties or developers?
The access (driveway) examples below 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 City Streets-State Highways 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?
A pre-construction conference must take place before any construction within the state right-of-way can begin. The WSDOT Region Development office will provide a Pre-Construction conference agenda. 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 they inspect my driveway?
Inspection checklist (pdf 13 kb) is an example of what a WSDOT inspector will inspect.

WSDOT will ultimately be paying the utility bill for the work we are doing. How do we make sure that happens?
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 (pdf 11 kb) will provide a guide for the information that the WSDOT Region will use to process a service agreement and minimize the review time and the need for re-submittals.