Pavement design & management

Access the Washington State Pavement Management System (WSPMS), and learn how we provide structural pavement analysis and design, and conduct pavement research.

We manage 18,500 lane miles of state highway pavements.

What we do

These functions are vital to ensure smooth, safe and economical pavements across Washington's highway system:
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Pavement Design ensures that highway pavements are properly designed by providing the oversight, expertise and design tools required for pavement design. All Pavement Design Requirements are included in the WSDOT Pavement Policy (PDF 1.87MB).

Pavement design oversight

Most pavement designs produced by WSDOT originate in one of the six Regions. HQ Pavement Design ensures that the Region's pavement designs comply with WSDOT's Pavement Policy (PDF 1.87MB), are cost effective and constructible.

Specialized designs

HQ Pavement Design supports the Regions by preparing specialized or complex pavement designs.

Pavement type selection

HQ Pavement Design provides technical assistance and oversight of the pavement type selection process (asphalt versus concrete) and other pavement investment decisions.

Falling Weight Deflectometer

The Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) is a non-destructive testing device used to complete structural testing for pavement rehabilitation projects, research, and pavement structure failure detection. HQ Pavement Design provides FWD testing services throughout the state.

Superload analysis

HQ Pavement Design provides assistance to WSDOT's Commercial Vehicle Services Office (CVS) by analyzing the impact of superloads over 300,000 pounds to highway pavement structures.

Traction tires are a special type of tire

manufactured with at least 1/8 of an inch tread. Traction tires are usually marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol, the letters M+S or “All Season.”

Carry chains, practice before leaving

Requiring chains keeps traffic moving during storms rather than closing a pass or roadway.

Prep your car. Fill up your gas tank,

pack jumper cables, ice scraper, warm clothing, snacks and water.