Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
REQUEST FOR COMMENTS
On January 11, 2013, the FHWA published a Request for Comments (Docket ID: FHWA-2012-0118) soliciting input on the option of splitting the material in the MUTCD into two separate documents in the interest of providing a simpler, streamlined MUTCD that would be easier to use, and if it is split, what are some of the potential formats for doing so. The direct link to the docket is http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FHWA-2012-0118. Once on the docket, click on the "view all" button see all seven documents (RFP plus six attachments). Note that the documents showing the examples include hotlink features that will only work if the linked pdf documents are saved to a single folder. In addition, each of the four documents with hotlinks (as noted in file name) will need to be renamed to replace the "underscores" in the saved file name with "spaces" in order for the hotlinks to work (e.g. Rename "2012-10-17_Option_A_for_2009_MUTCD_with_hotlinks.pdf" to “2012-10-17 Option A for 2009 MUTCD with hotlinks.pdf").
Responses are due March 12, 2013. A U.S. Department of Transportation press release on the Request for Comments is also available.
2009 MUTCD REVISIONS 1 AND 2, DATED MAY 2012
On May 14, 2012, the FHWA published final rules to revise the MUTCD provisions on engineering judgment and compliance dates. The 2009 MUTCD with Revisions 1 and 2 incorporated is now available. The complete text of the Federal Register notices can be accessed at the following links:
A U.S. Department of Transportation press release on the adopted revisions is also available.
Standard Highway Signs and Markings
The 2009 MUTCD sign layouts are now available. The Federal Highway Administration has developed the design details of the new signs added in the 2009 Edition of the MUTCD and signs whose designs have been modified in the 2009 MUTCD. The new designs are provided in the form of a Supplement to the 2004 Edition of Standard Highway Signs.
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, or MUTCD defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public traffic. The MUTCD is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) under 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655, Subpart F.
The MUTCD, which has been administered by the FHWA since 1971, is a compilation of national standards for all traffic control devices, including road markings, highway signs, and traffic signals. It is updated periodically to accommodate the nation's changing transportation needs and address new safety technologies, traffic control tools and traffic management techniques.
On December 16, 2009 a final rule adopting the 2009 Edition of the MUTCD was published in the Federal Register with an effective date of January 15, 2010. States must adopt the 2009 National MUTCD as their legal State standard for traffic control devices within two years from the effective date. The Federal Register notice, which provides detailed discussion of the FHWA's decisions on major changes from the 2003 edition, can be viewed at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-28322.pdf (PDF, 716KB).
FHWA does not print copies of the MUTCD. National organizations have partnered and printed hard copies of the MUTCD. These hard copies are available for sale. Go to ATSSA, ITE, AASHTO, or IMSA to get sales information.
On May 14, 2012 final rules adopting Revisions 1 and 2 of the 2009, MUTCD were published in the Federal Register with an effective date of June 13, 2012. The Federal Register notices, which provide detailed discussions of the FHWA's decisions can be viewed at:
The PDF version of the 2009 MUTCD with Revision Numbers 1 and 2 incorporated, dated May 2012 of the MUTCD is the most current edition of the official FHWA publication.
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