Geotechnical Design Manual

Publication Number
M 46-03
Publication Version
M 46-03.16
Publication Date
Manual Manager
Tony Allen
Materials Laboratory, Engineering and Regional Operations

The Geotechnical Design Manual focuses on geotechnical design, construction, and maintenance to ensure that the soil or rock beneath the ground surface can support the loads and conditions placed on it by transportation facilities.

Individual Chapters

Contents (PDF 436KB)

Chapter 1 Geotechnical Operations and Administration (PDF 656KB)

Chapter 2 Project Geotechnical Planning (PDF 444KB)

Chapter 3 Field Investigation (PDF 813KB)

Chapter 4 Soil and Rock Classification and Logging (PDF 674KB)

Chapter 5 Engineering Properties of Soil and Rock (PDF 3.26MB)

Chapter 6 Seismic Design (PDF 4.06MB)

Chapter 7 Slope Stability Analysis (PDF 478KB)

Chapter 8 Foundation Design (PDF 6.73MB)

Chapter 9 Embankments (PDF 2.3MB)

Chapter 10 Soil Cut Design (PDF 3.61MB)

Chapter 11 Gound Improvement (PDF 256KB)

Chapter 12 Rock Cut Design (PDF 248KB)

Chapter 13 Landslide Analysis and Mitigation (PDF 207KB)

Chapter 14 Unstable Rockslope Analysis and Mitigation (PDF 242KB)

Chapter 15 Abutments, Retaining Walls, and Reinforced Slopes (PDF 82.9MB)

Chapter 16 Geosynthetic Design (PDF 217KB)

Chapter 17 Foundation Design for Signals, Signs, Noise Barriers Culverts, and Buildings (PDF 799KB)

Chapter 18 Geotechnical Design for Marine Structure Foundations (PDF 208KB)

Chapter 19 Infiltration Facility Design (PDF 267KB)

Chapter 20 Unstable Slope Management (PDF 1218KB)

Chapter 21 Materials Source Investigation and Report (PDF 394KB)

Chapter 22 Geotechnical Project Development, Reports, and Support for Design-Build Projects (PDF 432KB)

Chapter 23 Geotechnical Reporting and Documentation (PDF 835KB)

Revision History

February 2022

December 2021

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December 2020

July 2019

May 2015

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November 2008

Slow down – lives are on the line. 

In 2023, speeding continued to be a top reason for work zone crashes.

Even one life lost is too many.

Fatal work zone crashes doubled in 2023 - Washington had 10 fatal work zone crashes on state roads.

It's in EVERYONE’S best interest.

95% of people hurt in work zones are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians, not just our road crews.