The Design Manual is a document that is constantly being updated for various reasons. We recommend that you utilize the electronic version of the Design Manual on the website. This will ensure you have the latest working copy of the Design Manual. Click on "Recent Revisions" to see these updates.
This manual provides a convenient guide for NDDOT policies, procedures, and design values that are presently recommended for road and bridge designers. Designers and other users should follow the policies, procedures, and guidelines; as well as other guidance and principles provided by AASHTO and other publications.
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Note: This manual provides a written account of how certain activities are performed and is designed to guide and assist staff in performing their functions. When appropriate, there may be deviations from these written procedures due to changes in personnel, policies, interpretation, law, experimentation with different systems, or simply evolution of the process itself. This manual may be changed at any time. Staff are encouraged to review this manual periodically and suggest changes in the manual to keep the manual current and to minimize differences between the manual and actual practices.