The true extent of the problem of increased accidents in work zones is not known because of incomplete and inaccurate data. To help correct this problem, several significant changes have been included in the 1978 edition of the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices" (MUTCD), including the adoption of a set of fundamental principles applicable to construction and maintenance areas. Other sections have been added or modified concerning portable barriers, channelizing devices, pavement markings, and short-term projects. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has prepared a handbook to supplement Pt. 6 of the MUTCD (which covers the work zone). The handbook presents more instructions on the application of traffic control devices in work zones. FHWA issued a final rule on 13 October 1978 providing for several mandatory procedures and one advisory on handling traffic through construction zones. While deficiencies still exist, FHWA is making progress toward improving traffic control in and around work zone areas. Industry too is making advances by improving the energy-absorbing and reflective characteristics of traffic control devices. Responsibility also rests with persons responsible for traffic control plans and their administration.

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    National Safety Council

    444 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL  United States  60611
  • Authors:
    • Mittelstedt, D G
  • Publication Date: 1980-4

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 4 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00393063
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-028 972
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM