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Highway Design Manual


New The Highway Design Manual (HDM) has been revised with the 6th Edition HDM Change 7/15/16.  Changes reflect the reorganization of river, stream, and natural channel bank protection guidance within its own Chapter 870. New Chapter 880 has been added to focus on coastal shore and inland bank protection guidance. In addition:

  • New discussions on geomorphology, stream processes, bio-diversity and sustainability are included in Chapter 870.
  • Revised rock slope protection (RSP) guidance based on FHWA Hydraulic Engineering Circular (HEC) No. 23 has been included in Chapter 870, presenting guidelines for a range of applicatins including RSP on streams and river banks, bridge piers and abutments, and bridge scour countermeasures such as guide bank and spurs.
  • New Chapter 880 includes a primary focus on quantifying and mitigating exposure of coastal and inland lakes to sea level rise, storm surge, and wave action.

These changes are consistent with comprehensive FHWA guidance documents (i.e., HEC 23 and HEC 25), NCHRP's bio-technical methods, Caltrans Design Information Bulletin No. 87 for Hybrid RSP, and Caltrans Revised Standard Specifications and new BEES item codes for Section 72-2 "Rock Slope Protection." For instructions on when to apply this new guidance to on-going projects, refer to the July 15, 2016 Design Memorandum entitled "IMPLEMENTATION OF ROCK SLOPE PROTECTION (RSP) DESIGN."

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The latest English Version of the Highway Design Manual (HDM) is available on-line below in two formats.

The first format available is a .pdf file of the complete manual which will allow you to perform word searches of the complete manual and/or allow you to download or print the complete HDM cover to cover all at one time. This file is very large and may take some time to download.

A second format that is available below, in both Metric and English Versions, is the traditional chapter by chapter format. This format is easier to download and/or print. However, the traditional versions only allow for chapter by chapter word searches.

Please note, implementation of the current version of the 6th Edition HDM available below shall be applied to on-going projects in accordance with HDM Index 82.5, unless otherwise noted on the Manual Change Transmittal memo or by separate Design Memo.

No matter which of the formats is used to download and/or print, if the HDM Holder chooses to do so, the Holder is responsible for keeping their electronic and/or paper copy up to date and current. For this reason, HDM Holders are encouraged to use the on-line versions of the HDM for the most current design guidance.

The HDM is available for purchase through the Caltrans Publication Unit . If this option is chosen, the HDM Holder and not the Publications Unit is responsible for obtaining and inserting all of the change-sheets that are available on the Department Design website.

How can I propose changes to the manual? Changes can be proposed by submitting a Proposed Revision to the Highway Design Manual form to the HDM editor: Antonette.Clark@dot.ca.gov

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Highway Design Manual
Table of Contents

       

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Foreword

fwd.pdf

07-01-08

 

fwd.pdf

07-01-15

Contents

Expanded Table of Contents

toc.pdf

07-01-08

 

toc.pdf

07-15-16

Chapter 10

Division of Design

chp0010.pdf

06-26-06

 

chp0010.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 20

Designation of Highway Routes

chp0020.pdf

07-01-04

 

chp0020.pdf

05-07-12

Chapter 40

Federal-Aid

chp0040.pdf

07-01-95

 

chp0040.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 60

Nomenclature

chp0060.pdf

06-06-08

 

chp0060.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 80

Application of Design Standards

chp0080.pdf

06-27-08

 

chp0080.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 100

Basic Design Policies

chp0100.pdf

06-05-08

 

chp0100.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 200

Geometric Design and Structure Standards

chp0200.pdf

06-26-06

 

chp0200.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 300

Geometric Cross Section

chp0300.pdf

07-21-06

 

chp0300.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 400

Intersections At Grade

chp0400.pdf

07-01-08

 

chp0400.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 500

Traffic Interchanges

chp0500.pdf

06-26-06

 

chp0500.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 600

Pavement Engineering

chp0600.pdf

07-01-08

 

chp0600.pdf

11-02-12

Chapter 610

Pavement Engineering Considerations

chp0610.pdf

07-01-08

 

chp0610.pdf

11-02-12

Chapter 620

Rigid Pavement

chp0620.pdf

07-01-08

 

chp0620.pdf

11-02-12

Chapter 630

Flexible Pavement

chp0630.pdf

07-01-08

 

chp0630.pdf

05-07-12

Chapter 640

Composite Pavements

chp0640.pdf

07-01-08

 

chp0640.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 650

Pavement Drainage

chp0650.pdf

06-26-06

 

chp0650.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 660

Base and Subbase

chp0660.pdf

07-01-08

 

chp0660.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 670

Structure Approach Slabs

chp0670.pdf

06-26-06

 

chp0670.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 700

Miscellaneous Standards

chp0700.pdf

06-26-06

 

chp0700.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 800

General Aspects

chp0800.pdf

07-01-08

 

chp0800.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 810

Hydrology

chp0810.pdf

07-01-08

 

chp0810.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 820

Cross Drainage

chp0820.pdf

06-26-06

 

chp0820.pdf

07-01-15

Chapter 830

Transportation Facility Drainage

chp0830.pdf

06-26-06

 

chp0830.pdf

07-01-15

Chapter 840

Subsurface Drainage

chp0840.pdf

06-26-06

 

chp0840.pdf

10-04-10

Chapter 850

Physical Standards

chp0850.pdf

07-01-08

 

chp0850.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 860

Open Channels

chp0860.pdf

06-26-06

 

chp0860.pdf

03-07-14

Chapter 870

Bank Protection - Erosion Control

chp0870.pdf

07-01-08

 

chp0870.pdf

07-15-16

Chapter 880

Shore Protection

chp0880.pdf

07-01-95

 

chp0880.pdf

07-15-16

Chapter 890

Storm Water Management

chp0890.pdf

05-01-01

 

chp0890.pdf

09-01-06

Chapter 900

Landscape Architecture

chp0900.pdf

06-26-06

 

chp0900.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 1000

Bicycle Transportation Design

chp1000.pdf

08-07-06

 

chp1000.pdf

12-30-15

Chapter 1100

Highway Traffic Noise Abatement

chp1100.pdf

06-26-06

 

chp1100.pdf

12-30-15

Index

index.pdf

08-04-08

 

index.pdf

07-15-16

If you have any questions about the Highway Design Manual send e-mail to: Antonette Clark (antonette.clark@dot.ca.gov).

This page last updated July 15, 2016