Understanding the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
(MUTCD) - Part II
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 second 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 4 to 6 of this document. You need to click the following links to access each parts.
Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Table of Contents
PART 4. HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SIGNALS
Chapter 4A. General
Chapter 4B. Traffic Control Signals - General
Chapter 4C. Traffic Control Signal Needs Studies
Chapter 4D. Traffic Control Signal Features
Chapter 4E. Pedestrian Control Features
Chapter 4F. Traffic Control Signals for Emergency Vehicle Access
Chapter 4G. Traffic Control Signals for One-Lane, Two-Way Facilities
Chapter 4H. Traffic Control Signals for Freeway Entrance Ramps
Chapter 4I. Traffic Control for Movable Bridges
Chapter 4J. Lane-Use Control Signals
Chapter 4K. Flashing Beacons
Chapter 4L. In-Roadway Lights
PART 5. TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES FOR LOW-VOLUME ROADS
Chapter 5A. General
Chapter 5B. Regulatory Signs
Chapter 5C. Warning Signs
Chapter 5D. Guide Signs
Chapter 5E. Markings
Chapter 5F. Traffic Control for Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
Chapter 5G. Temporary Traffic Control Zones
PART 6. TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CONTROL
Chapter 6A. General
Chapter 6B. Fundamental Principles
Chapter 6C. Temporary Traffic Control Elements
Chapter 6D. Pedestrian and Worker Safety
Chapter 6E. Flagger Control
Chapter 6F. Temporary Traffic Control Zone Devices
Chapter 6G. Temporary Traffic Control Zone Activities
Chapter 6H. Typical Applications
Chapter 6I. Control of Traffic Through Traffic Incident Management Areas
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 in 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.