On January 11, 2013 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published a request for comments as follows: Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD) Notification and Request for Comment. FHWA is considering restructuring the MUTCD into two documents. One document would be subject to rulemaking; the other document would contain supplemental information that is not subject to rulemaking. This request addresses a series of questions regarding potential format, 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. Comments must be received by FHWA before March 12, 2013
On August 31, 2011, a Notice of Proposed Amendments was published in the Federal Register, proposing to revise Table I-2 in the Introduction of the 2009 MUTCD to eliminate, extend, or otherwise revise most of the target compliance dates for upgrading existing traffic control devices in the field that do not meet the current MUTCD standards. The deadline for comments to the docket is October 31, 2011. The Federal Register notice, which provides detailed discussion of the FHWA's proposal, can be viewed at PDF 168KB and HTML. To view the proposed revisions to the text of Table I-2 for this revision of the 2009 MUTCD and other related information, go to http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/knowledge/09mutcdproposedrev/compliance_dates/index.htm.
On August 2, 2011 a Notice of Proposed Amendments (NPA) was published in the Federal Register, proposing to revise Section 1A.09 and 1A.13 of the 2009 MUTCD to clarify the definition of Standard statements in the MUTCD and clarify the use of engineering judgment and studies in the application of traffic control devices. The deadline for comments to the docket is October 3, 2011. The Federal Register notice, which provides detailed discussion of the FHWA's proposal, can be viewed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-02/pdf/2011-19511.pdf. To view the proposed text for this revision of the 2009 MUTCD, go to http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/knowledge/09mutcdproposedrev/def_standard_eng/index.htm Comments on the NPA can be submitted electronically at http:// www.regulations.gov.
On November 30th, 2010 the FHWA published a notice in the Federal Register, requesting comments on compliance dates for highway agencies to upgrade their existing non-compliant traffic control devices to comply with requirements established in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). To review the Federal Register notice and to post comments, please go to www.regulations.gov and enter FHWA-2010-0159 as the docket number (in the keyword or ID field). Comments must be posted to the Federal Register on or before January 14, 2011.
On November 22, 2010 the following list of known errors in the 2009 MUTCD were posted by FHWA. FHWA intends to correct these errors via a future rulemaking action. This list of known errors is provided solely for the information of MUTCD users and does not constitute changes to the MUTCD at this time. To view this list, click here.
On October 1st, 2010 the USDOT FHWA Office of Operations released an Official Interpretation clarifying addition of a sentence to the definition of Standard in Section 1A.13 and the removal of certain guidance information in Section 1A.09 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
On April 22, 2010, a Notice of Proposed Amendments was published in the Federal Register, proposing to revise the 2009 MUTCD by adding Standards, Guidance, Options, and Support information regarding maintaining minimum retroreflectivity of longitudinal pavement markings. To view the proposed revision click here.
On December 16, 2009 a final rule adopting the 2009 Edition of the MUTCD was published in the Federal Register. This edition of the MUTCD is available at http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/. The effective date for this final rule is January 15, 2010.