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As traffic agencies began developing these signs, signals, and
markings, there was wide variation in how these devices looked,
how they were used, and where they were placed. Take, for example,
the STOP sign. Today, transportation professionals and drivers
alike recognize this traffic sign as a red, octagonal shape with the
word STOP clearly demarcated in white. However, in the 1920s, this
critical sign had several variations in color, shape, and placement,
leading to possible confusion and safety issues.
First MUTCD
In an effort to create uniformity around signs signals, and
markings, the Manual and Specifications for the Manufacture,
Display, and Erection of U.S. Standard Road Markers and Signs was
released by the American Association of State Highway Officials
(AASHO) in 1927. This manual became the basis for the first traffic
signs guidebook. However, this guidebook only addressed use and
design for signs on rural roads.1
The Manual on Street Traffic Signs, Signals, and Markings was
later published to address urban traffic control devices, but the
use of two separate manuals for rural and urban roads proved
confusing. To issue a guidebook that was more comprehensive,
AASHO and the National Conference on Street and Highway
Safety formed the first Joint Committee on Uniform Traffic Control
Devices in 1931, and the first edition of the Manual on Uniform
Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) was published in November
1935. The document, less than 200 pages long in its original format,
would become the national standard for guidance and standardization
of the transportation system as we know it today. The
Institute of Traffic Engineers-now the Institute of Transportation
Engineers-became part of the Joint Committee in 1942.
National Committee. The first Joint Committee on Uniform
Traffic Control Devices would eventually become the modern
National Committee of Uniform Traffic Control Devices
(NCUTCD). The purpose of the NCUTCD is to assist in the
development of standards and guidance around traffic control
devices.2
This body makes recommendations on proposed revisions
and interpretations to the MUTCD, along with other accepted
national standards, to the Federal Highway Administration
(FHWA) and other appropriate agencies. The NCUTCD also
develops public and professional awareness of the principles of safe
traffic control devices and practice.
The National Committee is supported by 21 sponsoring organizations,
each of which appoints one or more " Members " and " Associate
Members " who constitute the delegates to the NCUTCD. Various
technical committees within the NCUTCD focus on specific portions
of the MUTCD and are organized in the same fashion as the Manual,
allowing for expert input and a diversity of voices to influence
content. For example, there is a Committee on Signs, a Committee
on Traffic Signals, etc. Today, ITE holds one of the largest delegations
within the NCUTCD-16 members total, with eight voting members
and eight non-voting members-and plays a prominent role in the
work of the National Committee (see sidebar below).
Current MUTCD
The transportation landscape has evolved dramatically since the first
edition of the MUTCD in the early 1930s, and with that evolution
have come changes to nearly every aspect of signs, signals, and
markings. The Manual has likewise gone through a number of
changes and iterations to keep pace with modern times. Now nearly
1,000 pages in length and in its 10th edition, the current Manual was
ITE's National Committee on Uniform
Traffic Control Devices Delegation
ITE's delegation to the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD)
is made up of 16 members-eight voting members and eight associate members-who
all serve on technical committees of the NCUTCD creating proposals that draft possible
changes to the MUTCD. Voting members of ITE's NCUTCD Delegation also serve on the
General Council that review and vote on all proposals drafted by technical committees.
Once a proposal passes the General Council, they are considered approved by the
NCUTCD and sent to FHWA for consideration in their MUTCD process.
The NCUTCD typically meets two times yearly, in January and June, in non-rulemaking
years. In 2021, the NCUTCD worked extensively to review and comment on the entire
MUTCD Notice of Proposed Amendments (NPA). ITE would like to recognize and thank
our ITE NCUTCD Delegation for their ongoing work and extra effort this year responding
to the MUTCD NPA, providing feedback both to ITE's organizational response as well as
being a part of the NCUTCD process.
38 July 2021 ite journal
ITE Members
Ahmed E. Aburahmah, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE (F)
Amitai Lipton, E.I. (M)
Brent D. Ogden, P.E., PTOE (F)
Dongho H. Chang, P.E., PTOE (F)
Eagan L. Foster, P.E., PTOE (F)
H. Gene Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D., P.E. (F)*
John E. Fisher, P.E., PTOE (R)
Katherine W. Falk, P.E., PTOE (M)
Marc S. Jacobson, P.E., PTOE (M)
Michael J. Cynecki, P.E., PTOE (F)
Peter J. Yauch, P.E., PTOE, RSP2I (F)
Ross D. Oyen, P.E. (M)
Scott O. Kuznicki, P.E. (F)
Steven G. Jewell, P.E., PTOE (F) **
W. Scott Wainwright, P.E., PTOE (R)
Zoubir A. Ouadah, P.E., T.E. (M)
*NCUTCD Chair **ITE Delegation Chair

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