This post was written by Jacob Clayton, an intern in our Dallas office.
If you are like me, you will send in your “perfect” plans to the Texas Department of Transportation, TxDOT, only to receive them back with a whole bunch of redlines for you to sort through. In the midst of these redlines, you might notice a note that says something along the lines of, “Remove PBJ Standard” or “Add PSL Standard.” You might be thinking, “Now where in the world would I find these?” If this is you, then you’ve come to the right place.
Here is the link to the website that gives you the TxDOT Details. If you look, you will see a page that should look like this:
As you can see, it gives you four main categories or details: Bridge, Roadway Design, and Traffic Operations. Each will take you to a page that lists the most recent revised standards. Scroll down to find all the details that TxDOT desires. There are subjects that you can look into to find the detail more easily. You can click the “PDF” button on the right of the file to preview the detail and then there should be a hyperlink directly to the right of that to download the detail.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that some Area Offices have specific standards that they want you to use. All that takes is a quick search like “Fort Worth Area TxDOT Standards” and you should be able to locate the page you are looking for fairly easily.
One last note: The vast majority of details do not require a PE Stamp, but some do, so watch out for that. An example of that would be the “Worksheet for Edge Condition Treatment Types” detail.
That’s all the stuff you really need to know, at least the basic stuff. Those pesky details won’t be any issue any longer!
-Jacob Clayton, Civil intern, Dallas
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