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MUTCD2011 Virginia Supplement to the MUTCD (Revision 1)

Revision 1 contains the most current standards, guidance, options, and support for the design, application, and placement of traffic control devices on roadways in Virginia.

Revision 1 became effective Sept. 30, 2013, for daily operations. Revision 1 became effective Jan. 1, 2014 for projects bid on or after Jan. 1, 2014.

Below is a list of all changes made to the 2011 Virginia Supplement to the MUTCD (Revision 1).

A PDF of changes for insertion will be available soon.

The PDF version of Revision 1 is the most current edition of the official VDOT publication.

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2011 Virginia Supplement to the MUTCD (Revision 1)

Part Last updated PDF
Entire document July 2013 PDF 13 MB
Cover, Notice and introduction July 2013 PDF 205 KB
1. General July 2013 PDF 205 KB
2. Signs July 2013 PDF 6 MB
3. Markings July 2013 PDF 3 MB
4. Signals July 2013 PDF 1 MB
7. Schools July 2013 770 KB
8. Railroads July 2013 PDF 8576 KB
9. Bicycles July 2013 PDF 913 KB
Appendix A July 2013 PDF 221 KB


Previous Editions of the MUTCD, the Virginia Supplement and the Virginia Standard Highway Signs Book

In December 2011 the 2009 MUTCD and the 2011 Virginia Supplement were approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. The effective date was Jan. 1, 2012, with the exception of projects advertised for bids before Jan. 15, 2012. In April 2011, designers were directed to follow the 2009 MUTCD and 2011 Virginia Supplement on projects in design for bid advertisement on or after January 15, 2012.

Current evolution of the Virginia Supplement to the MUTCD is as follows:

Year of Publication

Title

2013

2011 Virginia Supplement to the MUTCD (Revision 1)

2011 Virginia Supplement to the 2009 MUTCD (2011 Edition)


Virginia Supplement and the 2009 MUTCD (2011 Edition)

2009 MUTCDNote: This version of the Virginia Supplement to the MUTCD is not the most recent version.  For the most recent version, see ‘Revision 1’ above.

The Virginia Supplement was developed from a combination of existing VDOT directives and new guidelines generated from statewide technical committees after a thorough review of the 2009 MUTCD. 

VDOT Traffic Engineering memoranda have been reviewed, and applicable technical content has been included as appropriate.

The Virginia Supplement can be viewed in its entirety or in individual parts. This is the final version, which was formally approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in December 2011.

The effective date for implementation was Jan. 1, 2012.

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Virginia Supplement to the 2009 MUTCD (2011 Edition)

Part  Last updated PDF
Entire document December 2011 PDF 14 MB
Cover and introduction December 2011 PDF 1 MB
1. General December 2011 PDF 1 MB
2. Signs December 2011 PDF 7 MB
3. Markings December 2011 PDF 3 MB
4. Signals December 2011 PDF 1.6 MB
7. Schools December 2011 PDF 1 MB
8. Railroads December 2011 PDF 800 KB
9. Bicycles December 2011 PDF 1.1 MB
Appendix A December 2011 PDF 375 KB


There were no Virginia-specific changes to Part 5 of the 2009 MUTCD (Traffic Control Devices for Low-Volume Roads). 

Part 6 of the 2009 MUTCD (Temporary Traffic Control) was entirely replaced by the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual (WAPM), which was published as a separate document for the convenience of the users. The WAPM was adopted as part of the Virginia Supplement and constituted Part 6 of the Supplement.

Virginia Standard Highway Signs Book (Virginia SHS Book)

2009 MUTCDThis Virginia Standard Highway Signs book is to be used as supplement to the National Standard Highway Signs book. The Virginia SHS Book is intended to serve as an aid to sign designers and fabricators of both Virginia specific permanent and temporary traffic control signs. This document contains sign design details, along with layouts of many Virginia-specific signs referenced within the Virginia Supplement and the Work Area Protection Manual.  The most current edition is available at:

Virginia Standard Highway Signs Book pdf  (PDF, 4 MB)

Here are some facts about the Virginia Supplement:

  • The supplement documents any deviation from the MUTCD, addresses Virginia specific regulations/guidance and it assists designers and practitioners in the application of Virginia’s standards.
  •  Committees of subject matter experts and practitioners were established to develop the specific standards and guidance. 
  • The supplement has incorporated existing standards, guidelines and practices.
  • Similar to the MUTCD, the Virginia Supplement is a living document that is expected to be updated periodically, when regulations change, to incorporate improved guidance and to provide flexibility and options.
  •  Because the supplement is available free from this website as a download, no printed copies were made, as users can print any page, section, or the entire manual from the web site.
  • The Virginia Supplement and Work Area Protection Manual have both been reviewed and found in substantial conformance with the 2009 MUTCD, by the Federal Highway Administration.

A list of frequently asked questions, along with answers, can be found here pdf (PDF).  

Questions and Future Revisions

You can submit questions regarding the Virginia Supplement or adoption of the  MUTCD, to VDOT Traffic Engineering at: VASupplement@VDOT.Virginia.gov.  

You can also use this e-mail to request notifications of future revisions to the Virginia Supplement, or to be updated on other news associated with the Virginia Supplement. 

FHWA Standard Highway Signs

In addition to the Virginia Standard Highway Signs, the FHWA has a companion document called the Standard Highway Signs and Markings book. The 2004 Edition, along with the 2012 Supplement to the Standard Highway Signs and Markings book, are the most recent editions.   
 
As is the case with the Virginia SHS book (see above), the FHWA Standard Highway Signs and Markings book serves as an aid to sign designers and fabricators. The FHWA web site should be checked for the latest version and any specific requirements and regulations.

http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/ser-shs_millennium.htm

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)

The most current version of the MUTCD is the 2009 Edition with Revision Numbers 1 and 2 incorporated, dated May 2012. http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/pdfs/2009r1r2/pdf_index.htm

Previous Editions of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)

The 2009 edition of the MUTCD, published Dec. 16, 2009, was formally approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in December, 2011.

The document contained new federal requirements and guidelines for the use of traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings on all public roadways and private roadways open to public travel.  

Several new sections were added, and guidelines were revised as a result of new research and practices throughout the country.

The effective date for implementation was Jan. 1, 2012, with the exception that projects advertised for bid on, or after Jan. 15, 2012, shall be in compliance. 
 
The 2009 MUTCD is at: http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/kno_2009.htm

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