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2003 MUTCD, Original, November 2003 (PDF Format)

2003 MUTCD, Original, November 2003 Edition cover

The most current version of the MUTCD is the 2009 Edition with Revision Numbers 1 and 2 incorporated, dated May 2012.

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PDF Part 1 - General

Part 2 - Signs

PDF Chapter 2A - General

PDF Chapter 2B - Regulatory Signs

PDF Chapter 2C - Warning Signs

PDF Chapter 2D - Guide Signs — Conventional Roads

PDF Chapter 2E - Guide Signs — Freeways and Expressways

PDF Chapter 2F-2I - Specific Service Signs; Tourist-Oriented Directional Signs; Recreational and Cultural Interest Area Signs; Emergency Management Signing

PDF Part 3 - Markings

PDF Part 4 - Highway Traffic Signals

PDF Part 5 - Traffic Control Devices for Low-Volume Roads

Part 6 - Temporary Traffic Control

PDF Chapter 6A-E - General; Fundamental Principles; Temporary Traffic Control Elements; Pedestrian and Worker Safety; Flagger Control

PDF Chapter 6F - Temporary Traffic Control Zone Devices

PDF Chapter 6G - Temporary Traffic Control Zone Activities

PDF Chapter 6H - Typical Applications

PDF Chapter 6I - Control of Traffic Through Traffic Incident Management Areas

PDF Part 7 - Traffic Controls for School Areas

PDF Part 8 - Traffic Controls for Highway-Rail Grade Crossings

PDF Part 9 - Traffic Control for Bicycle Facilities

PDF Part 10 - Traffic Controls for Highway-Light Rail Transit Grade Crossings

PDF Appendix A1 - Congressional Legislation

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