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The Manual on Traffic Control Devices Peer-to-Peer Program

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U.S. Department of Transportation
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How can transportation agencies benefit from the MUTCD P2P?

The FHWA Peer network provides access to valuable guidance and information as well as input from people who share a similar background and have faced the same challenges. The list of benefits is long, but here are just a few that you can expect:

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  • Free and convenient access to professionals experienced with using the MUTCD.
  • Guidance to identify areas of improvement in signing, marking, traffic control signal, and temporary traffic control plans.
  • Increased understanding of the MUTCD.
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What types of assistance does the Peer-to-Peer Program offer?

Peer assistance comes in the form of phone calls, e-mail exchanges, and general instruction depending on your agency’s need. To give you an idea of what types of requests are handled by the MUTCD P2P Program, the following are examples of typical requests sent to the MUTCD P2P Program:

  • A local university is looking to use decorative pavement markings on a roadway with high pedestrian volume, and the city engineer is concerned about potential safety issues.
  • A city engineer wants to discuss a proposed shared lane pavement marking strategy for the first shared lane in the area.
  • A traffic operations manager has safety and mobility concerns about a complex intersection.

How can I get Peer assistance?

The first step to using the P2P Program is to let us know you need assistance. There are several ways to reach us; you can call, e-mail, or send written correspondence. The contact information for the P2P Program is shown on the other side of this brochure. Whichever method you use, an FHWA-sponsored P2P Coordinator is ready to assist. The P2P Coordinator will match your needs with a Peer that is experienced and knowledgeable on the subject of your request. Finally, the Peer will contact you to provide assistance.

What is the MUTCD Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Program?

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) contains standards by which all traffic control devices are designed, installed, and used on any street, highway, or shared-use path open to public travel in the United States. With over 850 pages of standards, guidelines, and options in the MUTCD, assistance in applying the Manual to unique local settings and circumstances is often very useful.

FHWA established the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Program as a form of one-on-one technical assistance for public sector agencies that need guidance with technical issues pertaining to the MUTCD. Transportation professionals with expert knowledge of the MUTCD volunteer their time to provide assistance to their peers requesting help. Whatever MUTCD issue your agency is facing, there is a Peer ready and willing to help.


For information on how to get the MUTCD Peer-to-Peer Program working for you, or to become a Peer, please:

Send an e-mail to:

Or call:

866-P2P-FHWA (866-727-3492)

Or send written correspondence to:

Office of Transportation Operations
Federal Highway Administration
Mail Stop: E84-402
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590

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