Understanding the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
(MUTCD) - Part I
Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, P.E.
Traffic control is of great importance in traffic engineering. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is a guideline that promotes the safe and efficient movement of traffic. This manual gives guidelines for the placement of highways signs, striping, signaling, and much more. This course will provide the reader with the knowledge to use the basic principles of the MUTCD. The course materials are based solely on the 2003 edition MUTCD for Streets and Highways.
This 8 hour online
course is the first part of a 3 part series and will introduce to the reader
the methods involved in designing the traffic control for highways and streets
using the MUTCD.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student would have learned the following:
Intended Audience and Benefit
This course is
intended for those wanting an understanding of the basics of traffic control
design and their functions in roadway safety. This course is designed so that
the intended audience will benefit immediately with the information to make
intelligent decisions related to traffic control.
is of great importance in traffic engineering. The Manual on Uniform Traffic
Control Devices (MUTCD) is a guideline that promotes the safe and efficient
movement of traffic. This manual gives guidelines for the placement of highways
signs, striping, signaling, and much more.
The purpose of this course will be to provide information on applying the MUTCD to a traffic control design project. You will be directed to the Federal Highway Administration website to study the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices 2003 edition. You are required to study the Part 1 to 3 of this document. You need to click the following links to access each parts.
Manual On Uniform Traffic
Table of Contents
PART 1. GENERAL
Chapter 1A. General
PART 2. SIGNS
Chapter 2A. General
Chapter 2B. Regulatory Signs
Chapter 2C. Warning Signs
Chapter 2D. Guide Signs — Conventional Roads
Chapter 2E. Guide Signs — Freeways and Expressways
Chapter 2F. Specific Service Signs
Chapter 2G. Tourist-Oriented Directional Signs
Chapter 2H. Recreational and Cultural Interest Area Signs
Chapter 2I. Emergency Management Signing
PART 3. MARKINGS
Chapter 3A. General
Chapter 3B. Pavement and Curb Markings
Chapter 3C. Object Markers
Chapter 3D. Delineators
Chapter 3E. Colored Pavements
Chapter 3F. Barricades and Channelizing Devices
Chapter 3G. Islands
of good traffic control is essential to the safety of the driver. Each traffic
control item plays an integral part in providing safety on our roadways. Good
Engineering judgment is always paramount is traffic control design. Utilizing
good engineering judgment and the standards set forth in the MUTCD, the designer
will be able to design roadways that promote the safe and efficient movement
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Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.