Bridges & structures architecture

Bridge and structure aesthetics guides

Bridge Aesthetics Sourcebook (pdf 2.49 mb)
This Sourcebook presents guidelines for improving the appearance of short- to medium-span bridges (those with spans up to about 300 feet).

Bridge & Structures Typical Project Colors (pdf 52 kb)
WSDOT's typical project colors to obscure visual differences in concrete mixes, aid in control of graffiti and provide a clean aesthetic for bridges and structures throughout the state.

Fish Passage Aesthetics Guidance (pdf 1.6 mb)
Aesthetic design guidance for fish passage structures throughout the state based on Context Sensitive Design principles.

Standard Concrete Finishes (pdf 1.45 mb)
A guidance document showing still current WSDOT Standard concrete textures for bridges & structures based on Context Sensitive Design principles.


State Bridge and Structures Architect

The State Bridge and Structures Architect manages the architecture applications for the Bridge & Structures Office.

They are responsible for the aesthetic quality of the architecture composition of statewide transportation bridges and structures by developing aesthetic policy and providing visual and conceptual guidance for bridges and structures including:

A photo of a bridge over and a retaining wall framing water.

  • Bridges
  • Buried structures
  • Retaining walls
  • Noise walls and barriers
  • Sign structures
  • Luminaries
  • Utility attachments


The State Bridge and Structures Architect works closely with the Bridge Design Engineer, working with teams throughout the state to determine advance planning, scheduling and coordination of project requirements and participate in interdisciplinary design teams.

They also supervise and direct the preparation of:

A screenshot of the preliminary design of luminary structures.

  • Conceptual plans and schematics
  • Visual imaging sketches, exhibits and models for presentation to the public, the Transportation Commission and WSDOT employees
  • State, regional and national awards program applications for bridge and transportation projects
  • Design guidance for counties and cities for transportation projects
  • Coordination in all aesthetic activities to improve and standardize policies across the state

A screenshot of public art policy for a local agency.