Building Management Hawaii December/January 2014 - (Page 11)
Limit your liability and follow federal
sign regulations on your property.
By Bob Peterson
f the public travels on a property you own or manage-
apartment complex, recreational facility, shopping
center, office-all traffic control devices must conform to
the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
What is the MUTCD?
The MUTCD is the national standard for the design,
installation and use of all traffic control devices (such as
traffic signs, pavement markings, barriers and barricades).
What do you need to do?
Make sure that any traffic control devices that were installed
after the effective date January 16, 2007 comply with the
MUTCD. It is not required to replace existing non-conforming
signs that were installed previous to the effective date. However,
if a non-conforming sign needs to be replaced due to being
damaged, then the replacement must conform to the MUTCD.
Some common examples of non-compliant traffic
* Sandblasted STOP signs
* Signs that are the wrong color
STOP signs must be RED with WHITE lettering
View the MUTCD at mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/index.htm.
You can also view the American
Traffic Safety Services Association's
brochure at http://bit.ly/1cA8mre.
Bob Peterson is the former owner of Peterson
Sign Co. and has more than 40 years of experience in
the sign industry. He is the Oahu Branch Manager of
GP Roadway Solutions, a provider of safety solutions
for facilities, parking lots, work zones and roadways.
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* Signs mounted at the wrong height
Signs must be mounted 7 feet in urban areas and
5 feet in rural areas
* Non-conforming speed limit signs
Speed limit signs must be in increments of 5 mph
* Pavement markings that are the wrong color
STOP bars must be WHITE
If you're not sure if your property's traffic control
devices are compliant with the MUTCD, it'd be best to get
your site assessed by a safety expert.
Why you should comply?
It's the law! But if you need another reason, if you don't
comply and someone is injured on your property, you will
be held liable for their injury.
In addition, a safe environment shows customers that you
care and reflects positively on you, the owner or manager.
With this regulation, the bottom line is to provide
consistent messaging for all travelers, whether on a private
or public road. Consistent messaging improves safety.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Management Hawaii December/January 2014
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Waste Management Keeping The Trash Industry Clean
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Building Management Hawaii December/January 2014