Introduction to the 2000 MUTCD What Is the MUTCD? The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) publishes the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices – (MUTCD) national design, application, and placement standards for traffic control devices signs, signals, and pavement markings promotes highway safety and efficiency The MUTCD Enhances the Mobility and Safety of Road Users Why are Traffic Control Devices Important? Traffic control devices provide a number of important benefits to the public For the Safe and Orderly Movement of Traffic A Language with Which to Communicate to Road Users Uniformity Traffic Control Devices Defined Signals, markings, and other devices regulate, warn, or guide traffic placed on, over, or adjacent to a street, highway, or bikeway by authority of a public agency having jurisdiction Five Requirements for Effective Traffic Control Devices Fulfill a need Command attention Convey a clear, simple meaning Command respect from road users Give adequate time for proper response Who Uses the MUTCD? State and local highway officials Police and other emergency management officials Construction and manufacturing industries Engineering and transportation consultants Lawyers and courts 2000 MUTCD: How Did We Get Here? Although the MUTCD has been updated over the years, it has now been twenty years since the last full-scale revision of the manual in 1978 National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) Two meetings per year 200+ volunteers Different experiences and backgrounds Different geographic perspectives The FHWA Process Reviews all proposals and research Publishes all notice of proposed amendments Establishes a public comment period Analyzes comments Publishes final rule (Including Text Changes) FHWA is responsible for adopting MUTCD changes Overview of the Changes in the 2000 MUTCD Changes in Format Changes in Format (cont’d) Change in Location of Definitions Much of the language that previously repeated throughout the MUTCD is now contained as definitions part 1 Overview of Other General Changes in the MUTCD New signs and pavement markings Changes in both standards and guidance A revised table of contents New sections, such as part 5 (Rural roads) and part 10 (Light rail) Major changes in part 6 (Work Zones) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and pedestrian guidance Islands and markings are combined in part 3 Why Are We Here? Learn about major changes to the 2000 MUTCD details of changes are provided as handouts time for questions Why Are We Here? (cont’d) Learn about FHWA’s resources available to support the MUTCD outreach plan web site resources other resources What is Expected from You After Today? Provide training using these materials (FHWA/LTAP/State) Work with states and local governments to update them on the significant changes and issues of compliance (FHWA) Peer-To-Peer Program Clearinghouse for questions for questions on Traffic Control Devices (TCDs) selection, installation, and maintenance of TCDs Local government issues Important MUTCD Dates Final Rule published December 18, 2000 Effective Date Adoption Date Compliance Date January 17, January 17, varies. If five- 2001 2003 year compliance, then January 17, 2006 How Do I Get a Copy of the 2000 MUTCD? Download FHWA’s MUTCD website: http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov Purchase printed and CD ROM versions from professional organizations in Fall 2001 ATSSA, AASHTO, ITE, GPO, and others Parts of Millennium MUTCD Part 1 – Introduction, General Provisions and Definitions Part 2 – Signs Part 3 – Markings Part 4 – Signals Part 5 – Low-Volume Rural Road (New Part) Part 6 – Temporary Traffic Control Parts of Millennium MUTCD (cont’d) Part 7 – School Areas Part 8 – Highway-Railroad Grade Crossings Part 9 – Bicycles Part 10 – Light-Rail Transit (New Part) Future Rulemaking Dates Errata Notice Accessible Pedestrian Signals Notice of Proposed Amendment Reduce NPA Docket Time Based on NCUTCD schedule More consistent with other FHWA processes Closer to 60 days Public Notice: process will be more visible and accessible The Revision Process Needs to be streamlined Expect a more consistent NPA process every: one or two years TBD based on resources The Revision Process (cont’d) Previously published as page changes users inserted into their book, but no way of knowing if it reached everyone or if the user had the right revision The Revision Process (cont’d) Using the web to publish the most current version FHWA will identify pages that have changed and the changes users will pull down new chapter and new index from the web will contain new dates on every page in and index two files will be easily identified on web site national associations will help announce changes Interpretations Current procedure is for user to request by letter or email An interpretation is official only: when FHWA responds by letter signed numbered Experimentations Similar to interpretations procedure STANDARD: must follow 1A.11 procedure Experiments have generally led to changes Once requested and approved, experiments will go into the experimentation database plan to be on web site in 2001 QUESTIONS?