|FHWA Policy Memorandums|
MUTCD – Interim Approval for Use of Clearview Font for Positive Contrast Legends on Guide Signs (IA-5)—TERMINATION, Response to Federal Register Notice
||Date: March 14, 2016|
|From:||Mark R. Kehrli
Director, Office of Transportation Operations
|In Reply Refer To:
|To:||Federal Lands Highway Division Engineers
Purpose: Through this memorandum, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Transportation Operations (HOTO) provides clarification on feedback that was submitted in response to the January 25, 2016, Federal Register notice officially terminating the subject Interim Approval. The notice discontinued the provisional use of an alternative lettering style in traffic control device applications. Please provide this information to the State DOT and other interested transportation stakeholders in your State.
Background: The Federal Register notice provided a synopsis of considerations that led to the termination of the Interim Approval. A memorandum and Technical Brief were distributed to the Federal-Aid divisions immediately following the publication of the notice and made available on the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD) Web site. These documents contained information on how the termination was expected to be implemented and detailed technical information related to the termination of the Interim Approval. While the response to this action has generally been supportive, some of the feedback received indicates that certain aspects of the termination warranted clarification. Therefore, we are taking this opportunity to clarify three specific issues that have been brought to our attention.
Two examples of directives issued by States to implement the termination of the Clearview letter style are included with this memorandum for informational purposes. Individual State policies for implementing this change will vary based on the extent to which the alternative letter style was implemented and the stage of projects or contracts in progress.
Conclusion: We reiterate that the 30-day effective date of the Federal Register notice does not require immediate change to any sign that has already been installed or is in the process of fabrication. Further, agencies may determine how to address signs that are in the design process. Lastly, the FHWA continues to be interested in practical methods of improving sign legibility and visibility.
January 25, 2016 Federal Register notice
January 28, 2016 Information and Action Memorandum and Technical Brief
PennDOT and VDOT Implementation Memoranda
Interim Approval Recipients
Mr. Frederick Wright, AASHTO
Mr. Scott Grayson, APWA
Mr. Brian Roberts, NACE
Mr. Lee Billingsley, NCUTCD
Mr. Martin Pietrucha, Larson Institute
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Field Services
Director of Technical Services
United States Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration