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Instructional Bulletins

Instructional Bulletins are published by the Road Design section of SCDOT. The informative information they provide keep consultants and in-house engineers up to date on changes in design policy. Select the desired year on the right for the Instructional Bulletin you wish to view. Documents will open in a new window.

SCDOT provides a Plan Preparation Guide that is a technical guide for the design of highways and preparation of plans.

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Bulletins for 2015

2015-8 Right of Way Data Sheets 11/06/2015
2015-7 Moving Item/Removal Data Sheets 11/06/2015
2015-6 Revised Pay Item Quantity Sheets 11/06/2015
2015-5 Revised Design Field Review Title Sheet 08/14/2015
2015-4 General Construction Sheet 04/01/2015
2015-3 New Pay Items & Specifications 04/01/2015
2015-2 Pay Items Shown in Plans 02/03/2015
2015-1 Pedestrian Ramp Construction 03/01/2015

Bulletins for 2014

2014-7 Submittal Process for Letting Effective 10/01/2014
2014-6 Dates for Assembling Information for Construction Obligations 10/01/2014
2014-5 Labeling of Plan Sheets for R/W Revisions 06/01/2014
2014-4 Guidelines for Placement of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Information on Construction Plans 07/01/2014
2014-3 Revised Roadway Title Sheet for Consultant Prepared Projects 07/01/2014
2014-2 Revised Roadway Title Sheet for Internally Prepared Projects 07/01/2014
2014-1 Revised Plan Labels for P2S Identifiers on Plans 06/01/2014

Bulletins for 2013

2013-7 Revised Roadway Title Sheet for Internally Prepared Projects 11/01/2013
2013-6 Revised Roadway Title Sheet for Consultant Prepared Projects 11/01/2013
2013-5 Revised Design Field Review Title Sheet 09/01/2013
2013-4 Dates for Assembling Information for Construction Obligations 07/22/2013
2013-3 Temporary Barrier Fence for Environmental Boundary 03/01/2013
2013-2 Landscaping Pay Items 06/01/2013
2013-1 Pedestrian Ramp Construction 06/01/2013

Bulletins for 2012

2012-3 Dates for Assembling Information for Construction Obligations 07/23/2012
2012-2 Verification of Present Right of Way on Plans Prepared by or for the Department 07/09/2012
2012-1 Geopak Criteria to Place Right of Way on Cross Sections 08/01/2012

Bulletins for 2011

2011-6 New Roadway Title Sheets for Internally Prepared Projects 08/01/2011
2011-5 New Roadway Title Sheets for Consultant Prepared Plans 08/01/2011
2011-4 Revised Erosion Control Data Sheet - Instructional Bulletin 2011-1 and Supplemental Technical Specification SC-M-810-2 10/18/2011
2011-3 Dates for Assembling Information for Construction Obligations 07/26/2011
2011-2 Letting Procedure for Projects with Controlled Fill - Section 203 Borrow Material 08/01/2011
2011-1 Section 810 - Seeding 07/01/2011

Bulletins for 2010

2010-1 Culvert Pipe Structural Design Criteria 05/13/2010

Bulletins for 2009

2009-6 New Pay Items and Specifications 08/11/2009
2009-5 Storm Sewer Pipe on Cross Sections 06/30/2009
2009-4 Design and Implementation of Alternate Pipe 10/01/2009
2009-3 Hydraulic Design Reference Label 06/15/2009
2009-2 Rip-Rap for Pipe End Treatments 09/01/2009
2009-1 Section 810 - Seeding 04/14/2009

Bulletins for 2008

2008-6 Section 810 - Seeding 01/12/2009
2008-5 Pipe Alternate Interim Procedure 09/09/2008
2008-4 New Index/Layout Sheet for Projects 09/09/2008
2008-3 Borrow Excavation/Cement Modified Subbase 04/11/2008
2008-2 New Roadway Title Sheets for Consultant Prepared Projects 07/08/2007
2008-1 New Roadway Title Sheets for Internally Prepared Projects 04/11/2008

Bulletins for 2007

2007-6 Review of Roadway Plans by Preconstruction Support 12/20/2007
2007-5 Revised Standard Drawings 10/02/2007
2007-4 Culvert Pipe Structural Design Criteria 07/03/2007
2007-3 Cancel Instructional Bulletin No.2006-11 01/25/2007
2007-2 Implementation of Changes to Low Side Paved Shoulders in Superelevation 01/24/2007
2007-1 Consultant Title Sheet 01/22/2007

Bulletins for 2006

2006-11 Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Certification 01/09/2006
2006-10 Erosion Control Pay Items 08/25/2006
2006-9 Construction Plans Review 07/31/2006
2006-8 'C' Project Field Review 07/26/2006
2006-7 Design Field Reviews 07/27/2006
2006-6 Preliminary Right Of Way Plans Field Review 7/28/2006
2006-5 Calculating Detour Mileage 04/06/200
2006-4 Revised Standard Drawings 02/27/2006
2006-3 Right of Way Data Sheets 02/03/2006
2006-2 Plan Preparation Guide Chapter 1, Section 2 Title Sheets 01/25/2006
2006-1 Hydrology Data (Revised) 01/06/2006

Bulletins for 2005

2005-9 Design Field Review Options for Bridge Projects 09/08/2005
2005-8 Road Design Deliverables for Hydraulic Engineering 09/01/2005
2005-7 Recording Quitclaimed Property on Plans 08/29/2005
2005-6 Design Field Review Title Sheet 08/05/2005
2005-5 Project File Number 07/15/2005
2005-4 Roadway Flowchart for Bridge Replacement Projects (Revised) 07/12/2005
2005-3 Uitility Information in Plans 06/11/2005
2005-2 Stabilized Construction Entrance 06/06/2005
2005-1 Pay Items Not in Plans 04/27/2005

Bulletins for 2004

2004-15 Roadway Flowchart for Bridge Replacement Projects 04/30/2004
2004-14 Fine Grading (Revised) Superseded by 2007 Standard Specifications Book & Supplemental Specification dated January 4th, 2012 04/05/2004
2004-13 Rolled Erosion Control Production (Revised) 07/01/2004
2004-12 Pavement Under Guardrail for Bridge Replacement Projects 03/18/2004
2004-11 Quality Control by Contractor 03/04/2004
2004-10 Borrow Excavation/Cement Modified Subbase 01/01/2004
2004-9 Design Field Review Plans to Project Web 03/08/2004
2004-8 Sediment Control Structure and Basin 03/10/2004
2004-7 QuadGuard Back-up Systems 03/05/2004
2004-6 Detectable Warnings Superseded by Instructional Bulletin 2013-1, SCDOT Standard Drawings, and SCDOT ADA Transition Plan 05/01/2004
2004-5 Erosion Control Data Sheet 02/25/2004
2004-4 Fine Grading 03/02/2004
2004-3 Quality Control by Contractor 03/01/2004
2004-2 Quality Assurance of Design Field Review Plans 02/02/2004
2004-1 Road Design Production Criteria for "C" Projects (revised) 01/01/2004

Bulletins for 2003

2003-11 Longitudinal Gradient (LG%) - Superelevation Development HDM Chapter 11.3 12/31/2003
2003-10 Sprigging & Sodding 09/02/2003
2003-9 Hydrology Data - HDM Section 35.5 09/12/2003
2003-8 Design Reference Label 04/21/2003
2003-7 Road Design Production Criteria for "C" Projects 06/11/2003
2003-6 General Construction Note 07/01/2003
2003-5 Drainage for Bridge Ends 04/02/2003
2003-4 Baled Straw / Sediment Tubes / Curb Inlet Filters 04/10/2003
2003-3 Quantities Shown on General Construction Note 03/17/2003
2003-2 Design Field Review Title sheet 02/03/2003

Bulletins for 2002

2002-7 Guidelines for Adjusting Right of Way with Regard to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Supersedes IB 2001-12 01/02/2003
2002-6 Bridge Construction Access 02/03/2003
2002-5 Design Field Review Title Sheet 10/01/2002
2002-4 Drainage for Bridge Ends 09/03/2002
2002-3 Drainage Layout for Storm Sewer Design 07/03/2002
2002-2 Revised Standard Drawings 07/15/2002
2002-1 Trench Drain Applications 05/03/2002

Bulletins for 2001

2001-21 Electronic Files for As-Built Plans 10/22/2001
2001-20 Highway Design vs. Local Tree Ordinances 10/11/2001
2001-19 Plan Size 10/19/2001
2001-18 Bid Items for Construction Stakes, Lines/Grades, As-Built Construction Plans on Bridge Replacement Projects 10/01/2001
2001-17 Pavement Identification on Typical Section Sheets 08/20/2001
2001-16 Railroad Right of Way 08/28/2001
2001-15 Designation of Concrete Classes 08/15/2001
2001-14 Revisions to Plans 07/06/2001
2001-13 Request for Traffic Data and Pavement Designs 07/02/2001
2001-12 NPDES Line 06/19/2001
2001-11 Property Identification in Plans 05/28/2001
2001-10 Design Plans Field Review Title Sheet See 1999-5, 2002-5, 2003-2 06/21/2001
2001-8 Pavement Design Coordination 05/21/2001
2001-7 Moving Items / Demolition Sheet 05/03/2001
2001-6 Sidewalks at Intersections 05/03/2001
2001-5 Construction (Work) Zone Portable Terminal Impact Attenuators 06/01/2001
2001-4 Rip Rap 04/10/2001
2001-3 Changes to Construction Plans 02/01/2001
2001-2 Road Plan Production Criteria for Bridge Replacement Projects 02/19/2001
2001-1 Guidelines for Hot Mix Asphalt Selection 01/02/2001

Bulletins for 2000

2000-7 CADD Title Sheets for Plans 09/15/2000
2000-6 Width of Concrete & Earth Sidewalk 08/17/2000
2000-5 Rip Rap 08/14/2000
2000-4 Removal & Disposal of Asphalt Pavement (Metric) See 1996-16 07/01/2000
2000-3 Group Designation for Secondary Roads 06/20/2000
2000-2 Coquina Shell Base Course See 1998-2 05/10/2000
2000-1 Drainage System Layout for Storm Sewer Design See 2002-3 04/04/2000

Bulletins for 1999

1999-11 Curb Profile 11/22/1999
1999-10 Paving Under Guardrail (Updated) See 1995-17 06/23/1999
1999-9 Bridge End Curb and Flume (Updated) See 1996-12 06/24/1999
1999-8 Guidelines for Hot Asphalt Selection See 1997-3, 1999-6 05/03/1999
1999-7 Alternate Base Course 03/01/1999
1999-6 Guidelines for Hot Mix Asphalt Selection See 1997-3, 1999-8 02/24/1999
1999-5 Field Review Plans See 2001-10, 2002-5, 2003-2 03/01/1999
1999-4 Pavement Markings on Bridge Projects 02/26/1999
1999-3 New Drainage/NPDES CADD Procedures for Consultants See 1994-5 01/17/1999
1999-2 Superelevation 02/18/1999
1999-1 Design Speed at T-Intersections 01/18/1999

Bulletins for 1998

1998-13 Water Flow Detail at Crossings 11/16/1998
1998-12 PS&E (Field Review) Plans Title Sheet 09/15/1998
1998-11 Revised Title Sheet 09/09/1998
1998-10 Changes to Drainage Designs 09/04/1998
1998-9 Road Plans Revisions (Updated) See 1998-04 09/16/1998
1998-8 Bridge End Curb & Flume (Updated) See 1996-12 08/25/1998
1998-7 Guardrail End Treatment See 1995-4 08/25/1998
1998-6 Estimates for "C" Projects 05/22/1998
1998-5 Construction Lines & Grades 06/10/1998
1998-4 Road Plan Revisions See 1998-9 05/15/1998
1998-3 Additional Alternate Pipe Note 04/08/1998
1998-2 Coquina Shell Base Course See 2000-2 10/01/1997
1998-1 Borrow Excavation & Permanent Vegetation on Resurfacing Projects 04/14/1998

Bulletins for 1997

1997-12 Coordination of Road Design with Traffic Engineering 12/14/1997
1997-11 Reference Sheet Control Points & New Note for Plan Sheets 11/25/1997
1997-10 Relocated Centerlines 11/26/1997
1997-9 Erosion Control Blanket 09/22/2007
1997-8 Presentation of Right of Way Verification Information 11/07-1997
1997-7 Preliminary Prints to Right of Way 08/06/1997
1997-6 Right of Way Data Sheet Revision 07/01/1997
1997-5 Documentation of Activities in PPMS 06/03/1997
1997-4 Design Information from Preliminary Design 04/22/1997
1997-3 Guidelines for Hot Mix Asphalt Selection See 1999-6, 1999-8 01/20/1997
1997-2 Reclaiming Existing Roadway "Notes" See 1996-16 01/24/1997
1997-1 New "C" Project Title Sheets 03/25/1997

Bulletins for 1996

1996-16 Reclaiming Existing Roadway Notes See 1996-14, 1997-2, 2000-4 12-16-1996
1996-15 Revised Secondary "C" Project Review Procedures & Title Sheet 11/04/1996
1996-14 Reclaiming Existing Roadway Notes See 1996-16 09/10/1996
1996-13 Recommended Asphalt Surface Mixes 08/15/1996
1996-12 Bridge End Curb & Flume See 1995-14, 1998-8, 1999-9 11/01/1996
1996-11 Quantity Revisions to Plans Let to Cotract & Awarded 07/29/1996
1996-10 Railroad Encroachment by Highway Right of Way 07/22/1996
1996-9 Required Information for Secondary Road P.S.&E. Prints 07/30/1996
1996-8 Alternate Pipe Notes 05/30/1996
1996-7 New Secondary "C" Project Review Procedures See 1996-15 05/28/1996
1996-5 CADD Files for Additional Surveys 04/01/1996
1996-4 Property Data on Bridge Replacement Projects See 1995-18 03/11/1996
1996-3 Benchmark Notations 02/15/1996
1996-2 Guidelines to Determine Right of Way with Regard to the NPDES See 1995-20 02/12/1996
1996-1 Moving Item Sheet 01/15/1996

Bulletins for 1995

1995-20 Guidelines to Determine Right of Way with Regard to NPDES See 1996-2
1995-19 Paving Under Guardrail See 1995-17 12-01-1995
1995-18 Property Data on Bridge Replacement Projects See 1996-4 11-29-1995
1995-17 Paving Under Guardrail See 1995-19, 1999-10 10-11-1995
1995-16 Typical Sections in Developed Areas See 1996-6 11/03/1995
1995-15 Selection of Drainage Pipe for Use in South Carolina Highways 09/08/1995
1995-14 1. Curb Ramps 2. Bridge End Bituminous Curb and Flume 3. Alternate Pipe Bid and Beveled End Sections See 1996-12 10/17/1995
1995-13 1. Station on Property Lines 2. Culvert Foundation Sketches 3. Treatment of Paved Backlip on the High Side of Superelevation When Using a Valley Gutter Section 11/01/1995
1995-12 Map of Recommended Geotextile for Erosion Control 09/20/1995
1995-11 Degress of Accuracy for Estimated Quantities for Metric Projects 09/26/1995
1995-10 Quality Control/Quality Assurance for "C" Projects 08/25/1995
1995-9 Selecting Geotextile for Erosion Control Under Rip Rap 08/15/1995
1995-8 Mowing 09/15/1995
1995-7 Preliminary Plans to Environmental Section 07/26/1995
1995-6 Public Hearing Plans 08/03/1995
1995-5 Reconciling Project Charges Made by Road Design 07/26/1995
1995-4 Guardrail End Treatment (MELT) See 1998-7 04/07/1995
1995-1 Selection of Drainage Pipe for Use in South Carolina Highways 01/03/1995

Bulletins for 1994

1994-17 Critical Offset Steel Beam Guardrail 10/20/1994
1994-16 Polyethylene Pipe 08/17/1994
1994-15 Document Fees 08/15/1994
1994-14 Permanent Construction Signs See 1994-12
1994-13 PS&E Title Sheet 07/01/1994
1994-12 Permanent Construction Signs See 1994-14 06/24/1994
1994-11 Instructions for Sediment/Erosion Control Plans for SC Highway Construction See 2003-4 05/19/1994
1994-10 Full Depth Asphalt Pavement Patching 04/23/1994
1994-9 Underground Storage Tanks 04/21/1994
1994-8 Revised Title & New "General Construction Note" Sheets 05/12/1994
1994-7 Prime Coat 04/08/1994
1994-6 Underground Storage Tanks See 1994-9 04/20/1994
1994-5 Drainage Design/NPDES CADD Procedures for Consultants See 1999-3 04/01/1994
1994-4 Right of Way Section Access of Road Design Secondary Projects CADD Files 03/17/1994
1994-2 Right of Way Plans 04/11/1994
1994-1 Recycled Asphalt Concrete Mixtures 12/08/1993