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Regulatory and Warning Signs - Providing Answers to Common Citizen Requests

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INSTRUCTOR:Kevin Chang, Ph.D., P.E.

Course Length: 1 Hour

Sponsored by ASCE's Transportation & Development Institute and ASCE Continuing Education. 

Have you ever wondered what the decision process is and who is involved with deciding where traffic signs are placed? This webinar addresses and answers these fundamental questions, as well as questions related to the usage and applicability of common regulatory and warning signs, including stop signs, yield signs, and no outlet or dead end signs.  The importance of public education regarding regulatory and warning signs will also be addressed, as attendees gain insight as to when and where sign installation should be avoided, as well as how to work with the public on mutually beneficial outcomes.

Purpose and Background

This webinar will benefit you if you are an entry-level practitioner or supervisor who is tasked with the installation of regulatory and warning signs in your community. The instructor discusses the guidelines in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) to help with implementation in a local city, town, or jurisdiction, and this webinar specifically addresses common requests from citizens which will include, but not be limited to, installation of stop signs to address speeding concerns, appropriate use of yield signs, and requests for dead end and no outlet signage. The instructor provides case studies and specific examples will be provided to further enhance the learning process. The presentation concludes with a discussion as to how outreach and education can provide value to you, your agency, and the local community.

Primary Topics of Discussion

  • Current reference materials including the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Where and when common regulatory and warning signs should be used
  • Considerations when implementing these signs
  • Case studies discussing sign implementation and installation
  • The importance of public outreach and education

Learning Outcomes

  • The Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices and its guidelines related to signage
  • Application of common regulatory and warning signs and where these signs should and should not be installed
  • Specific discussion on the usage of STOP and YIELD signs
  • When and where sign installation should be avoided
  • Working with the public to achieve a mutually agreeable outcome
Webinar Benefits
  • Develop a thorough understanding as to the appropriate use of common regulatory and warning signage
  • Know when and where STOP and YIELD signs should be used
  • Identify the benefits of effective sign installation
  • Effectively explain regulatory and warning signage principles to your community, clients, managers, and elected officials

Intended Audience

This webinar will benefit transportation professionals (particularly entry-level or early career engineers and planners) who work for cities, towns, counties, state agencies, and consultants and are responsible for installing and maintaining street signage in their community.  This webinar is designed for individuals with limited background or training in traffic operations and with limited familiarity of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

Webinar Outline

  • Introduction
  • Exploring the MUTCD, background and organization
  • Common Regulatory and Warning Signs
  • Case Studies
  • Public Outreach and Education
  • Conclusion / Webinar Takeaways
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