The nationally recognized Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) serves as a general guide for traffic control on all types of roads and streets but does not specifically address many operational and guidance problems associated with low-volume rural (LVR) roads. Therefore, the Kansas Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Kansas State University, recently developed the "LVR Handbook" to serve as a supplement to and an interpretation of MUTCD as applied to LVR roads in Kansas. This paper reviews selected topics from the Handbook. It provides guidelines for signing in a cost-effective manner and cites specific situations, arguing that good operating practice is closely related to the idea that a driver's expectations are generally based on what was experienced on the previous section of road and on the view of the road ahead. Changes in the road (e.g. curves, narrow culverts) not visible far enough ahead require warning signs or other devices to modify the driver's expectations. A classification of roads by physical characteristics is provided to give guidance for local government agencies to treat all roads in a consistent fashion relative to meeting the driver's expectations.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the 68th Annual Road School, Purdue University, March 9-11, 1982.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Purdue University

    School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907
  • Authors:
    • Smith, B L
  • Publication Date: 1982

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  • Accession Number: 00382957
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 1984 12:00AM