Manuals, Standards and Publications

Context Driven Guide for Access and Mobility

If you are doing construction for the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), consult the links below for numerous details you'll need for designing, building, and pricing. The topics include standards, design-build, bridges, sediment control, stormwater, materials, access & mobility, and more.


  • Laboratory and Field Procedures (MSMT)

    Use the Maryland Standard Method of Test procedures as a supplement to the Standard Specifications for Construction and Materials and the Book of Standards for Highway and Incidental Structures.

  • Standard Specifications for Subsurface Explorations

    This work explores subsurface conditions at various locations throughout the state and provides drilling equipment, certified drillers, and driller helpers.

  • ProjectWise​

    ProjectWise facilitates collaboration on design projects between you (a contractor or other external entity) and MDOT SHA.​


  • Design-Build Manual (PDF, 1.8MB)

    This manual provides MDOT SHA with comprehensive guidelines for managing, producing, and administering design-build projects. It provides policies and procedures for contract document development and assembly, project management and execution.

  • Highway Drainage Manual

    This manual provides the design criteria for highway drainage.

  • Maryland State Highway Administration Construction Manual (PDF, 813kb)

    This 2002 edition contains the most current standard specifications, construction practices, techniques, and record keeping.

  • Stormwater Management Facility Routine Maintenance Manuals

    These custom stormwater manuals guide MDOT SHA districts managing the volume, flow rate, and quality of stormwater runoff before that water enters natural waterways or groundwater.

Bridges and Major Structures

Products and Prices

Pedestrian and Bicycle

Aggregate and Sediment Control

Landscaping and Environment

Traffic Control



Material Quality


Additional Standards, Specifications, and Publications