District Department of Transportation

Standards and Guidelines

This section provides important information for firms doing design and construction work for the Department of Transportation. If you do not find the information you are looking for please contact the department at (202) 673-6813 or send an email to [email protected].

Providing Engineering Guidance

Construction Management ManualConstruction Management Manual

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Office Manual for Construction Management presents DDOT’s procedures and standards for managing and administering construction projects.

Design-Build Design Build Manual

This manual describes the agency’s procedures and recommended best practices to effectively and successfully procure and administer DDOT projects using the Design-Build project delivery process.

yellow hard hat, construction plans, pencil and a ruler on a drafting tableDesign and Engineering Manual

This manual describes the Department’s procedures and standards for preparing project construction documents

typical DC streetscapeof an office building and cars parked on the streetDPW Downtown Streetscape Regulations

These are regulations that include design elements in the Downtown DC Business Improvement District Streetscape Enhancement Notebook, August 1999.

CAD developer working on a project while seated at his deskMicroStation V8 CAD Standards Manual

This manual presents the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) standards of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

poeple walking through a covered construction walkwayPedestrian Safety and Work Zone Standards - Covered and Open Walkways

These standards apply to the construction of protected walkways on the sidewalks and roadways. They are also part of a required traffic control plan that provides guidance on the preferred methods for routing pedestrians safely through work zones occupying public space in the District.

arial view of freeway bridgesPolicy and Process for Access to the District of Columbia Interstate and Freeway System

This document describes the procedures for reviewing and approving requests for new or modified access to the Interstate and Freeway system within the District of Columbia.

a tree-lined summer streetscape in DCPublic Realm Design Manual

This manual should be used to help design a public realm that balances the mobility and access needs for all users. This includes roadways, sidewalks, parks, plazas, and other open spaces that comprise the arteries and focal points of the urban framework. It is the main space where civic interaction occurs.

stack of spiral-bound workbooksRight of Way Policies and Procedures Manual

In the process of constructing, operating and maintaining transportation facilities, it is often necessary to acquire private property or property controlled by another Federal or District agency. This manual is intended to help complete these acquisitions or transfers of property, consistent with federal and local regulations.

large, round, white, boardroom, table and chairs2nd DDOT Major Utility Roundtable Discussion of Proposed Regulations

On October 1, 2010, DDOT published proposed amendments to the Municipal Regulations [DCMR] governing excavation in public space.

concrete worker with hardhat smoothing fresh sidewalk with a spadeSidewalk Installation Guidelines and Policy

Nationally recognized guidelines for street and highway design recommend that sidewalks be constructed in areas with pedestrian activity, especially in residential and school areas.

several white spiral-bound booksStandard Drawings

These publications are the engineering drawings for highways and structures in the District of Columbia.

blue print schematicsStandard Specifications for Highways and Structures

This document specifies an explicit set of requirements to be satisfied by a material, product, or service utilized in highways and structures in the District.

several traffic control signs on a street barricadeTemporary Traffic Control Manual

The guidelines provided in this manual may be used as a resource in preparing a traffic control plan to submit with your public space permit application for your proposed work zone or construction staging area on public space.


Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP)

The Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) is a performance-based plan to achieve a State of Good for pavement and bridge infrastructure in the District of Columbia and to preserve and improve the condition of the National Highway System (NHS).


MUTCUniform Traffic Control Devices Manual

MUTCD defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public traffic.

two sidewalk workers in bright green pants digging up concrete pavementUtility Work Zone Traffic Control Plan (TCP) Typicals

The twenty-one (21) approved traffic control plan (TCP) typicals are used for utility excavation.

flashing yellow warning lights lined up on street barricadesWork Zone Safety and Mobility Policy

This policy provides guidance for assessing the District work zone impacts on the traveling public across the various stages of all Federal-Aid Highway-funded projects that are determined to be significant.


Work Zone Typicals for Bicycle Cycle Track Closures

Pedestrian Access Typicals for a Sidewalk Closure.