2009 MUTCD Part 2 Chapter 2D - Guide Signs - Conventional Roads

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Course Synopsis:

Traffic control devices shall be defined as all signs, signals, markings, and other devices used to regulate, warn, or guide traffic, placed on, over, or adjacent to a street, highway, pedestrianfacility, or bikeway by authority of a public agency having jurisdiction. The Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is incorporated by reference in 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655, Subpart F and shall be recognized as the national standard for all traffic control devices installed on any street, highway, or bicycle trail open to public travel in accordance with 23 U.S.C. 109(d) ad 402(a).

The need for uniform standards was recognized long ago, and the MUTCD is a result of much research and several editions since 1935 in order to establish and facilitate those uniform standards.  The U.S. Secretary of Transportation has decreed that traffic control devices on all streets and highways open to public travel shall be in substantial conformance with the Standards issued or endorsed by the FHWA.

Guide Signs for Conventional Roads “…are essential to direct road users along streets and highways, to inform them of intersecting routes, to direct them to cities, towns, villages, or other important destinations……..and generally to give such information as will help them along their way in the most simple, direct manner possible.” This course provides specific information and criteria regarding Guide Signs for Conventional Roads to engineers providing design, installation, construction, or inspection services. 

Course Objectives:

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills regarding Guide Signs for Conventional Roads:

  • Scope of Standards,  Application, and Design

  • Size, Shape, Lettering, and Legend

  • Categories, Standard Layout, Description

  • MUTCD Code Numbers


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