Understanding and Applying the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices


Today’s transportation planning and engineering professionals face the responsibility of managing a wide variety of surface transportation systems that serve the needs of humans and machine vision systems, the road users in various vehicles. The principal resource for designing the information systems of roadway systems and trail systems in the United States is a regulatory document, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Successful application of the standards, guidance, options, and support in this document requires an understanding of how the MUTCD is developed, the principles that underlie its primary assumptions and target audience, and a grasp of the emerging technologies that will drive changes to MUTCD content and applicability in the future. In this course, participants will gain an understanding of the influence of human factors and contemporary research on the performance of traffic control devices for both human operators and increasingly-common machine vision systems that handle portions of the driving task.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

Content Outline

Module 0 Course Introduction

Module 1 Core Concepts

Module 2 Signing, Markings, and Signals

Module 3 Applications of TCDs in Various Settings

Module 4 FHWA’s Supportive Partnerships and the Experimentation Process


20 hours

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