The Federal Highway Administration submitted a request for comments to the Federal Register Friday on a possible change that would split the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) into two volumes. The request comes in as part of an FHWA initiative to simplify and streamline the MUTCD.
The request for comments explores the idea of putting materials "deemed critical to traffic control device design, application, or traffic safety subject to rulemaking" in one document, while creating a separate document that would contain supplemental application information that would not be subject to rulemaking.
FHWA will accept comments on the issue for 60 days in order to allow stakeholders to discuss formats for a restructured MUTCD and also provide descriptions and examples of the kinds of materials that could be moved from the MUTCD to a separate supplemental piece. According to the Federal Register notice, FHWA seeks input on matters specifically related to the MUTCD, but it welcomes all comments and input on any part of the notification.
The MUTCD is published through a partnership between the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, FHWA, the American Traffic Safety Services Association, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
The request for comments is available on the Federal Register at bit.ly/MUTCDfedreg.