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MUTCD 2009 Compliance Dates Speed Limit Sign / Color of Changeable Message Legend

Speed Limit Signs / Color of Changeable Message Legend December 22, 2013 – The 2009 MUTCD compliant date for all Speed Limit Signs (R2-1) – If a changeable message sign displaying approach speeds is installed, the legend YOUR SPEED XX … Continue reading

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2009 MUTCD Yield Sign Application Compliance Dates

Yield Sign Requirements The following indicates the YIELD SIGN requirements to meet the 2009 MUTCD Code for signs that fall under the regulations of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Compliance dates: … Continue reading

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MUTCD 2009 Standard Regulatory Sign Sizes

Standard Regulatory Sign Sizes December 22, 2013 is the implementation date for the 2009 MUTCD increased sign sizes for Regulatory Signs.   Quoted MUTCD Standards Section 2B.03 Size of Regulatory Signs Standard: 01 Except as provided in Section 2A.11, the … Continue reading

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MUTCD Compliance Date for Crossbuck Support Retroreflective Strips

January 17, 2011 (a) is the compliance date for retroreflective strips on grade crossing (crossbuck) sign (R15-1) and Number of Tracks Plaque (R15-2P) at active and passive grade crossings. The 2000 Edition of the MUTCD states that retroreflective strips should … Continue reading

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History of the MUTCD

History of the MUTCD      The following information is summarized from an article on the FHWA website referenced from research published by H. Gene Hawkins, Jr. and published at the Institute of Transportation Engineers website.  The 1900’s  brought economic affluence … Continue reading

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What is the MUTCD?

What is the MUTCD?       MUTCD stands for the”Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.”  The purpose of the MUTCD is to set minimum standards for all Traffic Control Devices used on U.S. roads and highways.  Traffic Control Devices (TCD) include … Continue reading

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Understanding the MUTCD Text References

It is easy to read through the MUTCD and skim past the reference numbers included in the text.  The reference numbers point to other information within the manual which may provide more specific information or exceptions to the standard you … Continue reading

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FHWA / MUTCD Minimum Retroreflectivity Levels Standards for Retro Reflective Signs / Sign Sheeting

The following chart indicates the minimum requirements for retro reflective sheeting and tape required to meet the 2009 MUTCD Code for road signs that fall under the regulations of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Manual of Uniform Traffic … Continue reading

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What are the FHWA / MUTCD Compliance Dates?

 FHWA / MUTCD Implementation Deadline Dates The MUTCD provides specific guidelines for new regulations, as well as  implementation dates.  The dates for implementing the new 2009 MUTCD regulations extend through 2019.  The following table provides a basic calendar of dates … Continue reading

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MUTCD Lateral Offset Compliance Date

Lateral Offset January 17, 2013 is the MUTCD compliance date for crash-worthiness of sign supports on roads with posted speed limit of 50 mph or higher. Quoted 2009 MUTCD Standards Section 2A.19 Lateral Offset Standard: 01 For overhead sign supports, … Continue reading

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