Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 24. Transportation and Motor Vehicles
Agency 30. Department of Transportation
4/6/2020

Chapter 315. Standards for Use of Traffic Control Devices to Classify, Designate, Regulate, and Mark State Highways

24VAC30-315-10. General provisions.

A. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, 2009 Edition (2009 MUTCD), is incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR Part 655 Subpart F), and is accessible from http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/. 23 CFR 655.603 adopts the MUTCD as the national standard for any street, highway, or bicycle trail open to public travel in accordance with the United States Code (23 USC §§ 109 (d) and 402 (a)).

B. The 2009 MUTCD dated December 2009 shall be the standard for all highways under the jurisdiction of the Virginia Department of Transportation, with the following exceptions: (i) the Virginia Supplement to the 2009 MUTCD (2011 Edition) contains standards and guidance that exceed minimum federal requirements concerning traffic control devices and presents additional pertinent traffic control parameters not addressed by the 2009 MUTCD and (ii) the Virginia Department of Transportation uses the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual (WAPM) (2011 Edition), which is a part of the Virginia Supplement to the 2009 MUTCD (2011 Edition), instead of the 2009 MUTCD Part 6, Temporary Traffic Control. All signs, signals, pavement markings, and other traffic control devices under the jurisdiction of the Virginia Department of Transportation shall conform accordingly.

C. Where (i) state standards exceed the minimum federal requirements; (ii) the 2009 MUTCD does not cover some design, installation, and operation details; or (iii) additional guidance on traffic control devices is needed, the Commissioner of Highways or a designee is authorized to establish and distribute appropriate documentation including, but not limited to, standards, specifications, and instructional memoranda. The Virginia Supplement to the 2009 MUTCD (2011 Edition) and the WAPM (2011 Edition) shall be applicable for all highways under the jurisdiction of the Virginia Department of Transportation. If there is a conflict between the 2009 MUTCD and the Virginia Supplement to the 2009 MUTCD (2011 Edition), the Virginia Supplement shall govern.

D. The Commissioner of Highways or a designee is authorized to make revisions to the Virginia Supplement to the MUTCD (2011 Edition) or the WAPM (2011 Edition), or both, to reflect changes to the Code of Virginia or to the 2009 MUTCD as incorporated into the Code of Federal Regulations and to be consistent with the Code of Virginia where discretion is allowed.

E. In addition to the authority referenced in subsection C of this section, the Commissioner of Highways is authorized to act for and on behalf of the Commonwealth Transportation Board in matters relating to classifying, designating, regulating, and marking state highways and the installation of signals, signs, and markings to regulate, control, and manage traffic movement.

Statutory Authority

§§ 33.2-210 and 46.2-830 of the Code of Virginia; 23 CFR 655.603.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 11, eff. January 10, 2012.

Documents Incorporated by Reference (24VAC30-315)

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, 2009 edition, December 2009, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590, telephone (202) 366-1993. The text is also available from the Federal Highway Administration's website at http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov and by individual parts and chapters below:

Cover, Table of Contents, and Introduction

Part 1 - General

Part 2 - Signs

Chapter 2A - General

Chapter 2B - Regulatory Signs, Barricades, and Gates

Chapter 2C - Warning Signs and Object Markers

Chapter 2D - Guide Signs - Conventional Roads

Chapter 2E - Guide Signs - Freeways and Expressways

Chapter 2F - Toll Road Signs

Chapters 2G-2H - Preferential and Managed Lane Signs and General Information Signs

Chapters 2I-2N - General Service Signs, Specific Service Signs, Tourist-Oriented Directional Signs, Changeable Message Signs, Recreational and Cultural Interest Area Signs, and Emergency Management Signing

Part 3 - Markings

Part 4 - Highway Traffic Signals

Part 5 - Traffic Control Devices for Low-Volume Roads

Part 7 - Traffic Controls for School Areas

Part 8 - Traffic Control for Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossings

Part 9 - Traffic Control for Bicycle Facilities

Appendices A1 and A2 - Congressional Legislation and Metric Conversions

Virginia Supplement to the 2009 MUTCD, 2011 Edition, Virginia Department of Transportation, 1401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219:

Cover and Introduction

1. General

2. Signs

3. Markings

4. Signals

7. Schools

8. Railroads

9. Bicycles

Appendix A

Virginia Work Area Protection Manual (WAPM), 2011 Edition, Virginia Department of Transportation, 1401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219 (http://www.virginiadot.org/business/trafficeng-WZS.asp).

Virginia Standard Highway Signs, 2011 Edition, Virginia Department of Transportation, 1401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219 (http://www.virginiadot.org/business/virginia_mutcd_supplement.asp).



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