Graphics Improvements 2000 2003 Pattern- Accurate Fonts and Spacing
General and Global Changes Consistency between MUTCD and SHS Signs shown with correct relative sizes Metric conversion errors and inconsistencies corrected Editorial improvements to some words and phrases
General and Global Changes (contd) All illustrations have Figure numbers and titles Figures correctly titled as Examples of or Typical Expanded coverage of existing ADA requirements that pertain to TCDs
MUTCD Introductory Pages (Pages i and ii) 5 additional organizations listed Website addresses added for all
MUTCD Introduction Corrected reference to Code of Federal Regulations Numerals for times, distances, speed limits, and weights shown in sign images in the figures should be regarded as examples only Guidance: (Sec. 2E.39) The sign legend should identify the region or area followed by the words NEXT X EXITS.
MUTCD Introduction Organization---Parts, Chapters, Sections Paragraphs, lettered or numbered items How to accurately cite a specific sentence in the MUTCD
MUTCD Introduction Requirements for States to Adopt Changes in MUTCD within 2 years (per CFR) 78 Phase-in Target Compliance Dates for Devices, includes: - Dates established by previous final rules - New dates established by 2003 MUTCD final rule
MUTCD Introduction Option for agencies to establish policies re: replace with compliant device; or replace in kind under some conditions Replacement of damaged non-compliant device via maintenance activities after a crash or other event:
Section 1A.03 Design of Traffic Control Devices All symbols shall be unmistakably similar to, or mirror images of, the adopted symbol signs, all of which are shown in the SHS Book.
Section 1A.10 Requests for Interpretations, Experimentations, etc. Requirement to submit requests to FHWA Office of Transportation Operations Examples provided to clarify what is a TCD concept vs. device (re: patented or copyrighted)
Section 1A.10 New Interim Approval Process Authority for FHWA to give interim approvals: After evaluations & decision to propose for next MUTCD revision Allows use while formal MUTCD rulemaking is initiated and proceeds No further experimentation or paperwork requirements after Interim Approval Small risk to agencies using devices under Interim Approval.
Section 1A.11 Relation to Other Documents Standard Highway Signs book and Color Specifications (23 CFR 655) incorporated by reference into MUTCD 11 additions to list of referenced documents Latest dates for all publications cited
Section 1A.12 New Color Fluorescent Pink Optional use for Incident Management signs Color box (coordinates) established Coral color remains unassigned
Section 1A.13 Definitions of Words and Phrases Revised some definitions and added some definitions to this section. The term Preferential Lane Marking is no longer used.
Section 1A.14 Abbreviations Used on Traffic Control Devices Abbreviations for word messages shown in Table 1A-1 are the only abbreviations to be used for those word messages. Consistency recommended within jurisdiction when more than one abbreviation is allowed.
Table 1A-1 Acceptable Abbreviations Used on TCDs Abbreviations Added: Circle (CIR) Trail (TR) Terrace (TER) Court (CT) Parkway (PKWY) Place (PL) Inherently Low Emissions Vehicle (ILEV) Eastbound, Westbound, etc. (E-BND, W-BND, etc.)
Table 1A-1 Acceptable Abbreviations Used on TCDs Alternative Abbreviation Added: Avenue (AVE or AV) Alternative Abbreviation Deleted: Miles Per Hour (MPH or M.P.H.)
Table 1A-2 Abbreviations Acceptable Only with a Prompt Word Abbreviation Prompt Word Chemical (CHEM) Spill Route (RT or RTE) Best* (* Prompt word precedes abbreviation)