FHWA Releases New Traffic Control Device Manual With Updates to Improve Safety for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and all Road UsersAbstract:
The Federal Highway Administration has announced the release of the 11th edition of the “Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways” (MUTCD), which serves as the national standard for traffic signs, signals, and pavement markings. The last update to the manual was in 2009, and the new edition reflects changes in travel patterns and incorporates extensive input from the public. The update aims to create a safer and more efficient transportation environment for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg emphasizes the importance of the MUTCD in enhancing road safety and embracing new technologies. The 11th edition introduces pedestrian safety enhancements and streamlines processes while encouraging ongoing engagement with the transportation community. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law mandates updates to the MUTCD every four years to ensure responsiveness to evolving needs and technologies. The manual does not restrict communities but provides effective communication tools for road usage based on their specific needs and designs. FHWA is also developing new online tools to support the implementation of the MUTCD.