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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, 11th Edition and cost information are available from American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).

Standard Highway Signs (SHS) Publication

The new edition of the Standard Highway Signs publication will contain the design details for all signs and pavement markings included in the 11th Edition of the MUTCD, expanded sign design guidelines, and details for symbolic traffic and lane-control signal indications. The new full edition once completed will include all signs, to include those which were included in previous editions of SHS. It is taking some additional time to prepare the full publication, and phased release is underway with more information available on the SHS 2024 Edition webpage.

The SHS 2004 Edition is available from FHWA only in electronic form, on the MUTCD Web site.

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.

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)

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.

Additional FHWA Publications

The following publications are archived and may contain dated technical, contact, and link information.

  • 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]
  • State of the Practice and Recommendations on Traffic Control Strategies at Toll Plazas (HTML, PDF 14.4MB)
  • 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 from Other Resources

  • 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). (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.)

Additional Resources

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