Chance to Comment on Potential Restructuring of the MUTCD

January 11, 2013

The Federal Highway Administration has posted to the Federal Register a Request for Comments (RFC) regarding the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). From the RFC:

Consistent with Executive Order 13563, and in particular its emphasis on burden-reduction and on retrospective analysis of existing rules, this document requests comments on potential formats for restructuring the MUTCD into two documents, one that would be subject to rulemaking and one that would contain supplemental information that is not subject to rulemaking. This document asks for responses to a series of questions regarding formats, types of material to be included in each document, implications on agency acceptance of the MUTCD, ease of use, and effects on future MUTCD updates.

This potential restructuring would be a substantial change in not only format but also how practitioners use the MUTCD. We urge users of the MUTCD to familiarize themselves with FHWA’s proposal and to provide input. The 60-day commenting period ends March 12, 2013.

KAI staff were in attendance at this year’s annual meeting of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD), where this issue was discussed extensively. If you have questions regarding this item or NCUTCD’s response, please contact Scott Beaird, Lee Rodegerdts, or Mike Coleman.

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