Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
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      Traffic control devices communicate important messages that are critical to transportation safety and efficiency. They provide for the orderly movement of all road users on streets, highways, and bike paths throughout our nation. Have you ever considered what it would be like to travel on roads not operated by traffic control devices? Traffic control devices such as signs, signals, and pavement markings not only methodically guide road users to their destinations and decrease potential congestion, but they also reduce the severity and number of roadway crashes. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Devices (MUTCD) is the national standard for the design, application, and placement of traffic control devices. Its main purpose is to provide uniformity and consistency so road users know what to expect no matter where their travels take them. Uniformity also helps reduce the cost of traffic control devices through standardization, and it assists with the commercial movement of goods. New traffic patterns, unique roadway features, driver behavior, vehicle design innovations, and advances in technology all make it necessary to update the MUTCD on a periodic basis. The latest edition of the MUTCD was released in November 2003. The Federal Highway Administration {FHWA) recognizes that comprehensive analysis and careful consideration is required before changes are adopted in the MUTCD.
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