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Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

The MUTCD is available from FHWA only in electronic form, on the MUTCD Web site. Hard copies of the MUTCD 2009 Edition and cost information are available from American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), and International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA).

Minimum Retroreflectivity Levels for Blue and Brown Traffic Signs

The Minimum Retroreflectivity Levels for Blue and Brown Traffic Signs report describes the research activities and consequent findings related to the development of recommendations for MR levels for white-on-blue signs and white-on-brown signs. This report also includes an investigation related to MR levels needed for complex visual conditions that include glare from oncoming headlamps and fixed roadway lighting. (Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-08-029)

Standard Highway Signs (SHS) 2004 Edition

The SHS 2004 Edition is available from FHWA only in electronic form, on the MUTCD Web site. To obtain hard copies of the SHS book and cost information, contact ATSSA.

The 2012 Supplement to the 2004 edition of SHS contains the new and significantly revised signs adopted in the 2009 edition of the MUTCD. The SHS 2012 Supplement is available in electronic form on the MUTCD Web site.

State of the Practice and Recommendations on Traffic Control Strategies at Toll Plazas

The State of the Practice and Recommendations on Traffic Control Strategies at Toll Plazas (HTML, PDF 14.4MB) report has been prepared under a project initiative by the Federal Highway Administration to identify the 'state-of-the-practice' for traffic control strategies at toll plazas, and to develop recommended guidelines for agencies and departments that operate or plan to design and build such facilities.

Strategies for Improving Safety at Toll Collection Facilities

The Strategies for Improving Safety at Toll Collection Facilities (HTML, PDF - 801KB) report is the result of an effort to gather information on specific safety strategies directly from those who operate and who work in and around toll facilities.

Innovative Intersection Safety Improvement Strategies and Management Practices: A Domestic Scan

The Innovative Intersection Safety Improvement Strategies and Management Practices: A Domestic Scan report provides information on best practices used in five areas in the country to enhance intersection safety. These practices focus on key elements of highway safety: safety management and comprehensive safety processes; traffic control devices for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists; traffic operational practices; geometric design treatments; and enforcement practices and educational programs. The purpose of this document is to serve as an information and technology transfer tool on intersection safety practices used by State, regional and local transportation officials for the benefit of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. It is hoped that the distribution of this report will increase interest in intersection safety and encourage transportation officials to institute the various activities and treatments (or a variation thereof) contained within this document. This report is currently available as a hard copy. FHWA personnel may order copies via the R&T Report Center Warehouse at (301) 577-6560. The report number is FHWA-SA-06-016. For additional information, please contact George E. (Ed) Rice, Jr., FHWA Intersection Safety Team Leader, at Ed.Rice@dot.gov or by telephone at (202) 366-9064.

Additional FHWA Publications

The following publications can be ordered by sending an e-mail to Kevin Sylvester or by writing to the FHWA Office of Transportation Operations (HOTO), 1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E., Mail Stop E84-402, Washington, DC 20590.

  • U. S. Road Symbol Signs (HTML, PDF 26MB), Publication No. FHWA-OP-02-084
  • U. S. Pavement Markings (HTML, PDF 18MB), Publication No. FHWA-OP-02-090 [Electronic Format Only]
  • Highlights of Major Changes to the 2003 MUTCD, Publication No. FHWA-HOP-4-042
  • Travel Better, Travel Longer: A Pocket Guide to Improving Traffic Control and Mobility for Our Older Population, (PDF, 2.6MB) Publication No. FHWA-OP-03-098

Additional Publications Available for Purchase from other Resources

  • Quality Standards for Work Zone Traffic Control Devices - $2.50 per copy for members, $3.75 per copy for nonmembers. Illustrates various condition levels of work zone devices. Contact: ATTSA, 5440 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA 22407-2673; Telephone: 540-898-5400; Fax: 540-898-5510. Discounts available for bulk quantities.
  • Uniform Vehicle Code and Model Traffic Ordinance - Publication is designed as a comprehensive guide for developing standard state motor vehicle and traffic laws. It is based on experience under various state laws throughout the United States. Contact: National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances (NCUTLO), 107 S. West Street, # 110 Alexandria, VA 22314.

    Please note that NCUTLO suspended its operation in December 2010. The National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices has created a Rules of the Road ad-hoc committee to address ongoing needs related to the Uniform Vehicle Code and Model Traffic Ordinance.
  • Railroad Highway Grade Crossing Handbook - (Publication No. NTIS-PB-87-137527/AS), $28.95. Contact: National Technical Information Services, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161; Telephone 703-487-4650.

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