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​DRAFT Aesthetic Design Manual

ODOT’s Aesthetic Design Initiative, was created to improve the aesthetic appearance of transportation projects. ODOT believes that the citizens of Ohio deserve an aesthetically pleasing interstate system, as well as one that is safe and cost effective. Considering safety, cost, and aesthetics on every project will become the way ODOT does business. Transportation projects often stir debate among the public and major policy makers. Ohio’s mature transportation system allows for incremental changes as we update our system. The use of patterns, colors, textures or relief can make a project’s appearance more attractive and compatible with local surroundings at little or no additional cost.

The overall goals of these Aesthetic Design Guidelines are to promote:

  • A cohesive, uncluttered appearance;
  • The consideration of patterns, colors, textures or relief; and
  • The consideration of aesthetics as inherent in the development of transportation projects.

The following guidelines are intended to provide direction, education and support to all who contribute to Ohio’s transportation system. These contributors include ODOT employees, consultants, contractors and the general public. They include concepts for the design of physical features and for community involvement.

The guidelines stem from two principles:

The basic unit of design is the corridor:

Travelers see the corridor, the highway in its setting, before they see the parts (bridges, lights, and landscape features). This experience is a visual success when all the parts fit and are compatible with their surroundings.

A unified design for a corridor requires a corridor vision. The vision integrates the visual and functional goals of the project. It inspires and unifies design decisions.

Successful projects use interdisciplinary teams:

Any successful project encompasses the efforts of a number of disciplines, each area of expertise contributing to the overall quality and character of the finished project.

The guidelines provide techniques and building blocks that will assist project managers and all members of the design team in creating more attractive highways.

Improved safety is and will continue to be a critical goal of the departments program. These guidelines are not intended to compromise the safety of travelers or neighbors.


 Chapters & Appendices

Aesthetic design approval process (draft).docx
Aesthetic Design Criteria.docx
Aesthetic design guidelines  and ODOT PDP.docx
Aesthetic Principles.docx
Aesthetics for the hearing and visual impaired.docx
Bridge Design.docx
Checklist for Aesthetic Strategy.docx
Community Participation.docx
ODOT Final Aesthetic Design Checklist.docx
ODOT Preliminary Aesthetics  Assessment Form.docx
ODOT Preliminary Aesthetics Assessment Form.docx
Overview of the ODOT Project Development Process.docx
References and Internet Resources.docx
Retaining Walls and Noise Walls.docx
The Basics.docx
Types of Corridors.docx
Vandal protective fencing or pedestrian railing.docx