Design Policy - Context Sensitive Design - Resources

Understanding Flexibility in Transportation Design - Washington (pdf 9.8 mb) is intended to help those involved with transportation project development understand the concepts related to the Context Sensitive Design (CSD) and community based project development approach.

The Understanding Flexibility in Transportation Design summary (pdf 1.16 mb) document is intended for those who desire an overview of the Context Sensitive Design (CSD) and community based project development approach.

National Context Sensitive Solutions for Washington State

Arterial Design Guidance
Recognizing that the WSDOT Design Manual has traditionally focused on freeway and rural highway-type designs, the companion document (pdf 9.8 mb) provides conceptual guidance for the application of context sensitive design in the project development process.

Urban Design Alternatives: Medians and Roadsides Brochure (pdf 930 kb)

WACs and RCWs
The following WACs and RCWs have been referred to in recent meetings:

  • RCW 35.78.040 — City streets — Design Standards….approval of deviations
  • RCW 46.61.400 — Speed restrictions — basic rule and maximum limits
  • RCW 46.61.415 — Speed restrictions — when local authorities may alter maximum limits
  • RCW 47.24.020 — City streets as part of state highways — jurisdiction
  • WAC 468-18-050 — DOT city/county project coordination — policy on construction, improvement & maintenance of intersections