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What is the MUTCD?

By September 21, 2018 Traffic Control Blog
road currently under construction at several levels to increase traffic

MUTCD stands for the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The MUTCD sets the national standards for governing all traffic control devices. These standards also bring uniformity for these devices on roads used for public travel across the nation.

Traffic control devices are considered very critical for the safe and efficient use of public roadways. Uniformity standards among these devices include the message, location of deployment, size, shape, and color. This helps reduce accidents, congested traffic, and improves the flow of the entire roadway system. Traffic control devices must be visible, easily recognizable, easily understandable, and necessary.

The MUTCD and Roll-Up Traffic Control Signs

According to the MUTCD, all traffic control signs need to meet some basic standards. These include:

  • Fulfilling a need
  • Be easily visible
  • Convey a clear, simple message
  • Give adequate time for a proper response

Roll-Up Traffic Signs by SPI meet these basic standards, as well as standards for reflectivity, size, shape, and color that are specifically required for construction areas on or alongside roadways. These signs must convey a clear and identified message for motorists who are already navigating an onslaught of sensory data.

Here are some examples of our MUTCD approved traffic control signs:

Reflectivity Standards for Traffic Control Signs

One of the biggest factors for roll-up traffic control signs and MUTCD compliance is the reflective material used.

Some materials may only be suitable for daytime use, some others are best suited for night use, some others are regulated state by state, and some are directly MUTCD compliant for all uses. Here are the materials we use and thier designated or suggested uses:

Macro view of Daybright Mesh Sign Material

DAYBrite Mesh
Best for daytime applications. Fluorescent mesh roll-up signs are a cost-effective product for daytime application. All signs are manufactured from a fluorescent 15 oz., tightly woven, non-reflective mesh.

Macro View of the 3M™ Fluorescent Sign Material

3M™ Fluorescent
Best for nighttime applications. 3M’s reflective vinyl roll-up signs are an ideal product for temporary nighttime work zones, but can also be used during daytime applications. Durable, lightweight, easy-to-store and has vinyl pockets.

Macro View of the 3M™ Diamond Grade™ Fluorescent Sign Material

3M™ Diamond Grade™ Fluorescent
Daytime, nighttime and low visibility. Includes mesh pockets. 3M™ RS24 Fluorescent Diamond Grade™ is approved for use in all states except: NE, AR, IN and CT. 3-year warranty! NCDOT/SCDOT required.

Macro View of the Marathon Sign Material

Marathon
Reinforced microprismatic retroreflective orange sign. Used for construction and maintenance, utility, and incident management applications. Provides high visibility under nighttime conditions. Meets requirements of MUTCD

Macro View of the Super Bright™ Sign Material

Super Bright™
Reinforced microprismatic retroreflective orange sign. Used for construction and maintenance, utility, and incident management applications. Provides high visibility under nighttime and daytime conditions. Meets requirements of MUTCD.

Macro View of the 3M™ Diamond Grade™ Flexible Sign Material

3M™ Diamond Grade™ Flexible
Combines the quality and reflectivity of permanent signs with the convenience, portability and lasting flexibility needed for temporary traffic control. Approved for use in all states except: CA, ID, CO, NM, LA, AL, SC, FL and NJ.

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