DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Division of Transportation Solutions

Statutory Authority: 17 Delaware Code Sections 134, 141 and 21 Delaware Code Chapter 41

(17 Del.C. §§134,141 and 21 Del.C. Ch. 41)

PROPOSED

PUBLIC NOTICE

Revisions to the Delaware Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Parts 2, 3 and 6

Under Title 17 of the Delaware Code, Sections 134 and 141, as well as 21 Delaware Code Chapter 41, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), adopted a Delaware version of the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The Department has now drafted revisions to Parts 2, 3, and 6 of the Delaware MUTCD. Other portions of the Delaware MUTCD, previously drafted and adopted, will likely go through a similar revision process.

DelDOT MUTCD Parts 2, 3, and 6

 

Figure Number/Table Number/Section Number

Proposed Revision

Part 2

Table 2B-1

Revise to include RIGHT TURNS YIELD TO BIKES (R4-4-DE) sign.

Figure 2B-1, Table 2B-1, and Section 2B.04

Revise to include ALL WAY (R1-4) plaque, previously deleted from the DelDOT MUTCD.

Figure 2B-22, Table 2B-1, and Section 2B.54

Revise to include NOTICE MOVE OVER OR REDUCE SPEED FOR STOPPED EMERGENCY VEHICLES (SR1-18-DE) sign.

Figure 2C-9, Table 2C-1, and Section 2C.40

Revise to include EMERGENCY VEHICLE (W11-8-DE) warning sign.

Figure 2C-11, Table 2C-1, and Section 2C.53-DE

Revise to include the use of the Supplemental Warning (W3-9-DE) plaque to draw attention to regulatory signs.

Part 3

Figure 3A-1

Revise figure to include two separate figures: Figure 3A-1A, "Black Contrast Marking Patterns on Interstates, Freeways and Expressways" showing white on black ("wet tape") application and Figure 3A-1B "Black Contrast Marking Patterns on All Other Roads (NON Interstates, Freeways or Expressways)."

Figure 3B-7C

Revise figure to match guidance in the DelDOT Subdivision Manual.

Figure 3B-12A

Revise figure title to "45 mph or More." Add 45 mph option to table.

Figure 3B-12B

Revise figure title to "45 mph or More." Add 45 mph option to table. Change "line lane markings" to "lane line markings."

Figure 3B-12C

Revise figure title to "Less than 45 mph." Delete 45 mph option from table.

Figure 3B-13B

Revise figure to extend RPMs through the dotted lines and define RPM spacing through dotted line.

Figure 3B-13C

Clarify placement of RPMs at lane drops vs. deceleration lanes and spacing of RPMs with 3'/9' dotted striping. Revise 42 m (140 ft) dimension to 30 m (100 ft) and relocate leader to end of solid white line.

Figure 3B-13F

Revise figure title. Add note "RPM spacing for dotted 150 mm (6 in) lane lines consisting of 0.9 m (3 ft) line segments and 2.7 m (9 ft) gaps shall be 7.2 m (24 ft)." Insert space after "144" in Table "A."

Figure 3B-13G

Revise figure to match guidance in the DelDOT Subdivision Manual.

Figure 3B-13H

Revise title. Revise figure to extend RPMs through dotted lines. Add note "RPM spacing for dotted 150 mm (6 in) lane lines consisting of 0.9 m (3 ft) line segments and 2.7 m (9 ft) gaps shall be 7.2 m (24 ft)."

Figure 3B-16A

Revise width of median opening to "W 9 m (30 ft)" in Notes 1 and 2.

Figure 3B-21A

Revise the minimum distance from the stop line to the first approach arrow on the figure on the right side of the page from 40 ft to 410 ft. Relocate figure titles to above (rather than below) the two figures. Add note regarding placement of LEFT LANE MUST TURN LEFT sign on undivided roadways.

Part 6

Appendix

Include AHEAD and 1 MILE options in the BRIDGE WORK AHEAD (W5-3-DE) sign to match the sign shown in Case 12.

Case 12

Delete the black-on-white TWO WAY TRAFFIC AHEAD sign and install two Two Way Traffic (W6-3) temporary warning signs and the DO NOT PASS (R4-1) sign similar to Typical Application 39 in the Federal MUTCD (see page 6H-83).

Case 15

Revise the DETOUR (M4-10) sign shown in the figure to be black-on-orange. Revise the ROAD CLOSED (R11-2) sign to be black-on-white.

Case 20A, Table 6H-1

Change title to: MOVING DAYTIME OPERATIONS OR SHORT DURATION (1 HOUR OR LESS) STATIONARY - ON SHOULDER. Add a note stating that the case is applicable to both two-lane, two-way and multilane roadways. TMA is not required on Vehicle #1; revise figure to delete TMA.

Case 20B, Table 6H-1

Change title to: MOVING DAYTIME OPERATIONS OR SHORT DURATION (1 HOUR OR LESS) STATIONARY - LANE CLOSURE. Add a note stating that the case is applicable to both two-lane, two-way and multilane roadways.

Case 21

Vehicle #6 is not shown; revise figure to include.

Figure 6F-3, Table 6F-1, Section 6F.10

Delete all references to the Weight Limit (R12-2) sign.

Figure 6F-3, Table 6F-1, Section 6F.10

Delete all references to the Weight Limit (with Symbols) R12-5 sign; replace with R12-5-DE.

Section 6E.02

Revise to include clarification on vest background to match current standards.

Section 6F.03

Revise text to: "Signs mounted on portable supports shall not be used for operations exceeding 24 hours in duration, unless approved by the Chief Traffic Engineer or designee." (Make this a standard and delete the double negative). Revise to include option: "If utility conflicts or concrete sidewalks/medians prevent the installation of permanent signs in the appropriate location, portable sign supports may be used."

Section 6F.63

Delete "Option: Type III Barricades used at a road closure may be placed completely across a roadway or from curb to curb." This statement conflicts with the standard "Type III Barricades used at road closure shall be placed completely across a roadway or from curb to curb." (see Page 6F-36)

Table 6F-1 and Appendix

Revise the KEEP LEFT (R4-8-DE) sign to delete the RIGHT option.

Table 6F-1 and Appendix

Insert the KEEP RIGHT (R4-7-DE) sign.

Table 6F-1 and Appendix

Insert LANE CLOSED (W9-3-DE2) temporary warning sign.

Note: Revisions to the Table of Contents will be made to accommodate proposed revisions

   

Public Comment Period

The Department will take written comments on the draft changes to the Delaware MUTCD from July 1, 2008 through July 31, 2008.

Copies of the Draft Delaware MUTCD Revisions to Parts 2, 3, and 6 can be obtained by reviewing or downloading a PDF copy at the following web address: http://regulations.delaware.gov/july2008/proposed/MUTCD236.

Questions or comments regarding this document should be directed to:

Donald Weber, P.E.

Assistant Director of Transportation Engineering

Division of Transportation Solutions

Delaware Department of Transportation

169 Brick Store Landing Road

Smyrna, DE 19977

(302) 659-2002 (telephone)

(302) 653-2859 (fax)

don.weber@state.de.us

*Please Note: Due to the size of the proposed regulation, the DelDOT Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Parts 2, 3 and 6, is not being published here. A PDF version is available at the website listed below:

MUTCD236

12 DE Reg. 56 (07/01/08) (Prop.)