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Bridge Standard Details (XS) are developed and maintained by the Division of Engineering Services (DES) Technical Organization. The sheets contain pre-engineered details for a variety of structural systems, such as earth retaining systems, bridge railings and underground structures. Bridge standard details are not Standard Plans and are subject to frequent modification.
The details are considered to be “Project Plans” for contract administration purposes in accordance with Section 5-1.02 “Contract Components”, of the Standard Specifications.
Each Bridge Standard Details sheet has been prepared by a Technical Owner, who is a registered civil engineer in the State of California. The Technical Owner certifies that the details comply with departmental policies and standards through an internal approval and documentation process. The certification packages include the seal of the Technical Owner, who is the engineer in responsible charge for the component. The Technical Owner is responsible for the component details only and not for project modifications or the coordination of the components within the project.
The registered civil engineer for the project, also known as the Engineer of Record (EOR), is responsible for sealing the contract plans. Additionally, the EOR is responsible for:
The details may be incorporated into either the District or the Structure Plans.
Bridge Standard Detail Sheets Change Transmittal
Bridge Design Details 1-16, Use of Bridge Standard Details (XS)
Example of Modified XS Sheet
Send general questions regarding the usage of XS Sheets to DES Design and Technical Services.
Send technical questions to the applicable technical owner or technical manager: Technical Owners and Technical Managers
Department of Transportation
1801 30th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816-8041
For questions regarding the Technical Publications and Graphic Services Branch, please contact:
Technical Publications and Graphics Services Branch