Traffic Eng & Safety

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California MUTCD Update Workshop

Are you aware that California adopted a new Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD) standard (CA MUTCD 2019 Rev 4) in March, 2019. This affects how you do your daily work in transportation because it updates or changes the State's traffic control requirements?

Are you aware of your company or public agency's requirements to follow this document related to transportation projects?

Are you wondering how the prior Caltrans Traffic Manual, the California Supplement to the MUTCD and the most recent federal MUTCD all relate to each other and to your work?

Do you know the status of some of the more significant changes to the California MUTCD, such as signal timing parameters, pedestrian and bicycle traffic controls, traffic signs, and speed zones apply?

Would you like to find out how other California practitioners are applying these new standards and guidelines successfully?

Would you like to benefit from their real-world, transportation experience in both the public and private sides of the industry, and be able to apply their "lessons learned" to your projects spanning traffic control devices, signage, traffic signals, school zones, pavement markings, and the latest requirements and guidance for these?

Do you want to hear about some of the changes that have been approved for 2018 and some changes that may occur in the future?

If so, you will want to attend this important workshop, which emphasizes application areas of the new CA MUTCD, and learn where your prior California Supplement/Traffic Manual applications still apply or have become outdated. Fully understand where and how California practice differs from Federal practice to be in compliance, and pick-up wide-ranging good practices in applying these standards to new and existing transportation facilities in California.

This workshop is a combination of presentations by experts, discussion, and Q&A, so whether you are a seasoned practitioner or completely new to the field, bring your issues and experience to further your knowledge.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics
    • Important changes due to the adoption of the CA MUTCD March 2019 Rev 4
    • How the prior California Supplement a& Traffic manuals still/don't apply
    • CA versus Federal Differences
    • Issues encountered by practitioners
    • All-way STOP application and useful forms
    • Application of speed zones and the law of the real-world tips
    • Application of warning signs and key curve advisory standards
    • Differences between and applications of guide, warning, and regulatory signs
    • Improperly used signs
    • Application and recent changes to traffic signal warrants
    • Traffic signal timing parameters and operations
    • School area traffic controls devices, recent changes and application
    • Common errors by practitioners
    • Good practices
  • Course Outline
    • Introductions
    • Document Approach
    • Signs, General
    • Regulatory Signs
    • Warning Signs
    • Markings
    • Traffic Signals
    • School Area Traffic Issues
    • Recent & Pending Changes
    • Experimentation
    • Wrap-up
    • Course Evaluation
  • What you will learn

    Attendees will gain practical skills on how to use and apply the MUTCD and the California MUTCD to their traffic engineering work, with emphasis on application areas that often pose difficulties for practitioners, including: all-way stops, speed zoning, traffic signal operations, school area traffic controls, and where California practice differs significantly from federal practice.

    Attendees will learn good practices and lessons learned in applying the MUTCD and California Supplement to both new and existing transportation facilities in California.

    Attendees are encouraged to bring issues/experience at work for discussion at the workshop.

  • Who should attend

    This one-day workshop will benefit traffic engineers, planners, and technicians who work in the various facets of traffic engineering.

    The workshop will also benefit other individuals who wish to learn about practical applications of the CA MUTCD to traffic engineering practice. Individuals with or without prior knowledge of the CA MUTCD will benefit.

  • Course Prerequisites

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  • Course Instructors

      Rock Miller, PE, PTOE, Firm Principal/CEO, Rock E. Miller & Associates, Orange, CA

      Mr. Miller is a registered civil engineer and traffic engineer in California and is recognized as a leader in planning and design for complete streets and active transportation, with over 40 years in the transportation profession. Rock is an expert in working through issues posed by working with legacy design guidelines while providing for innovative transportation improvements. He has served as the International President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and has served on Caltrans and National Traffic Control Devices committees.

      Rock is also an expert on engineering liability defense and has assisted Caltrans and local agencies in litigation of roadway designs and traffic controls. Rock is also an excellent instructor and has delivered popular classes for Tech Transfer for many years.

  • Registration Information

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LTAP Subsidized

This class is offered at a reduced fee to employees of California's city, county, regional, and tribal public agencies

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Course Credit

This course grants:

0.80 CEUs

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