California Department of Transportation
 

New Policies & Directives

New Policy & Directives- Starting 1/14/12
Number Effective
Date
Subject
Memo 7-2-14 Retroreflective Sheeting for Guide Sign Policy.
Letter 6-12-14 FHWA finding of substantial conformance for the 2012 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Revisions including only National MUTCD 2009 Revisions 1 & 2.
Letter 6-10-14 Caltrans Letter requesting confirmation of substantial conformance for the 2012 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Revision including only National MUTCD 2009 Revisions 1 & 2.
Letter 2-7-14 Caltrans Letter to CTCDC regarding reduced speed limits in temporary traffic control zones in the California Manual on Traffic Control Devices.
14-01 2-5-14 Installation and Use of Automated Red Light Enforcement Systems on the State Highway System
13-02 8-30-13 Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE)
Memo 8-23-13 Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) and Design Guidance
13-01 3-14-13 Zero Emission Vehicle Signs and Pavement Markings
12-05 12-21-12 Terminal Access Routes for Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) Trucks in the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
12-04 11-15-12 Inclusion of Move Over Or Slow signs per SB240, and display of message on fixed Changeable Message Signs
12-03 6-27-12 Crosswalk Enhancements Policy
12-01 3-30-12 Change the Pedestrian Clearance Time to a Maximum Walking Speed of 3.5 feet per second, and Install Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS) system and Pedestrian Countdown Timers at Signalized Instersections and Signalized Pedstrian Crossings on the State Highway System.
The following Policy Directives have been included in the current CA MUTCD - 1/22/10 through 1/13/12
Number Effective
Date
Subject
Letter 1-13-12 Caltrans Letter of Adoption for the 2012 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Letter 1-12-12 FHWA Letter of Substantial Conformance for 2012 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Letter 12-27-11 Caltrans Letter to FHWA requesting substantial conformace letter
11-05 10-05-11 Proprietary Traffic Safety Devices in Capital Projects
11-04 10-05-11 Guidelines for Installation of Rumble Strips
11-03 9-23-11 Record Retension Policy for Traffic Safety and TASAS
11-02 4-7-11 Updated Managed Lane Design
11-01 2-1-11 Amend existing policy and typical applications and adopt new typical applications in the CA MUTCD for accomodating bicyclists in TTC zones. (Updated 1-24-11)
Letter 10-28-10 FHWA Letter regarding Federal standards for Street Name signs and deadlines for compliance.
Letter 10-1-10 INFORMATION: FHWA Official Interpretation - Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Letter 8-4-10 Caltrans Letter of Concern about adopting the new definition in paragraph 1.A of section lA.13 in the FHWA 2009 MUTCD that states, "Standard statements shall not be modified or compromised based on engineering judgment or engineering study."
Supporting Document: Issues in Implementing the new MUTCD 2009
10-01 7-30-10 Inclusion of new regulatory signs for NO IDLING (R61(CA) and R62(CA)) signs in the California MUTCD.
Letter 2-11-10 Caltrans Letter of Adoption for the 2010 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Letter 1-21-10 FHWA Letter of Substantial Conformance for 2010 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
The following Policy Directives have been included in the current CA MUTCD - Prior to 1/21/10
Number Effective Date Subject
Memo 11-02-09 Delegation of Review and Approval of Non-Standard Special Provisions - UPDATED
(SUPERSEDES Memo, dated June 18, 2008)
09-06 9-10-09 Provide Bicycle and Motorcycle Detection on all new and modified approaches to traffic-actuated signals in the state of California.
09-05 7-30-09 Release of Records from the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)
09-04 7-01-09 Change in current California MUTCD policy and procedure for setting speed limits in California.
Letter 6-23-09 California MUTCD Conformance Letter from FHWA to Caltrans Director.
09-03 6-15-09 Use of Automated Red Light Enforcement Systems on the State Highway System.
(SUPERSEDES TOPD 00-01, dated July 7, 2000)
Memo 5-18-09 Economic Stimulus Recovery Act Funding Sign Policy Update.
Memo 3-17-09 Inclusion of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Funding Signs in Project Plans.
(SUPERSEDED BY 5-18-09 Memo)
09-02 3-16-09 Inclusion of new guide signs for Watershed Boundary (S36(CA), S36A(CA), and S36B(CA)) in the California MUTCD.
09-01 3-02-09 Inclusion of new and deletion of existing regulatory parking, stopping and loading signs in the California MUTCD.
08-07 11-24-08 Inclusion of FHWA's final rule of worker visibility in the California MUTCD.
IA-10 11-3-08 FHWA Interim Approval - Optional Use of Flashing Yellow Arrow for Permissive Left Turns.
08-06 9-12-08 Inclusion of interim policy for reduced speed limits in school zones in the California MUTCD.
08-05 9-12-08 Inclusion of new guide signs (G12-1(CA), G12-2(CA), G86-14(CA), G98(CA), and S22-1(CA)) in the California MUTCD.
08-04 9-12-08 Inclusion of new regulatory signs (R39(CA), SR25(CA), and SR26(CA)) in the California MUTCD.
08-03 9-12-08 Revision of policies for various signs (S30(CA), S33(CA), R10-11) in the California MUTCD.
Memo 7-24-08 Delegation of Review and Approval of Non-Standard Special Provisions
08-02 7-1-08 Revision to Signs and Pavement Markings for Persons with Disabilities in the California MUTCD.
08-01 7-7-08 Inclusion of the Slow for the Cone Zone Signs in the California MUTCD.
Memo 11-16-07 Inclusion of Proposition 1B Funding Signs in Project Plans
06-06 1-01-07 Implementation of Streets and Highways Code - Section 1978 - "WHERE WE HONOR VETERANS"
IA-1 12-07-06 FHWA Interim Approval - Traffic Signal Backplate
IA-2 12-07-06 FHWA Interim Approval - Wayside Horn System
IA-5 12-07-06 FHWA Interim Approval - Clearview Fonts
IA-8 12-07-06 FHWA Interim Approval - RV Friendly Symbol Sign
Letter 11-29-06 Interim Approval Request
Letter 9-26-06 California MUTCD Adoption Letter to FHWA Division Administrator
Memo 9-26-06 Adoption Memo to Caltrans Districts
Letter 9-15-06 FHWA's Substantial Conformance Letter
06-02 6-07-06 Distributing Traveler Information to Commercial/Media Information Service Providers
IA-4R 5-09-06 FHWA Interim Approval - AFAD
Memo 5-02-06 Typical Signs for Chain On/Off Areas
06-01 3-10-06 Charging and Billing Policy for Memorial Signs and College Signs
05-10 9-12-05 Shared Roadway Bicycle Marking
05-09 12-01-05 Crashworthy Temporary Traffic Control Devices in Work Zones Categories 1, 2 & 3
05-08 8-26-05 Parking Restrictions at Intersections
05-07 3-30-05 Use of safety-related message on changeable message signs
05-06 4-01-05 Orientation of Barricade Stripes For Temporary Traffic Control
05-04 3-14-05 The use of CROSS TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP plaque (W4-4p) for 4-way stop and 2-way stop conversions.
05-03 3-14-05 The use of NO TURN ON RED signs for less than 75 degrees skewed signalized intersections.
05-01 1-26-05 Minimum Yellow Light Change Interval
Letter 1-06-05 TCD Target Dates Letter to CTCDC
Letter 5-20-04 MUTCD 2003 Adoption Letter to FHWA Division Administrator
Memo 5-20-04 The Department Adopts FHWA's MUTCD 2003 to Replace the Traffic Manual
04-01 1-02-04 Policy on the Retension of Traffic Safety Investigations Records and Collision Reports
03-02 12-26-03 In-Roadway Warning Lights at Crosswalks
03-05 10-10-03 New Speed Limit Signs
03-04 8-01-03 Vehicle Speed Feedback Signs
03-03 1-01-03 Specific Service Sign (Logo) Program - Increased Population Beyond 5,000
03-01 2-10-03 Steel Guardrail Posts
02-05 8-01-02 Supplemental Signing for City Civic Center Areas (REVISED)
Memo 4-25-02 Exception to High and Low Risk Policy for the Statewide Exit Number and Vertical Clearance Sign Projects
(Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Memo)
02-04 2-01-02 Interchange Exit Numbering Policy (36 pages, 1.52 MB)
02-02 1-29-02 Weathered/Ungalvanized Barrier Rail
02-01 1-18-02 Supplemental Signing for City Civic Center Areas
Unassigned 1-18-02 Temporary Railing (Type K) Policy
Program 1-1-02 State of California, Department of Transportation, Victims Memorial Sign Program
Errata 12-18-01 Traffic Manual, Section 8-03.4 Speed Limit Signs and Markings
Errata 11-30-01 Traffic Manual, Section 9-13.11 Voltage Drop
01-03 6-1-01 Left Turn Extinguishable Message Sign
Memo 5-22-01 Changes to Traffic Manual 6-03.2 Rumble Strips
01-02 3-21-01 Specific Svc Sign (Logo) Program - Increased Population Beyond 5000
01-01 3-15-01 Radio Information Signing Policy
Memo 3-9-01 Interim Energy Conservation Measures for Guide Signs
00-05 11-21-00 Crashworthy Traffic Control Devices in Work Zones
00-04 1-04-01 Profiled Thermoplastic Traffic Stripe
00-03 9-01-00 Vertical Clearance Sign Policy for State Highway Structures
00-02 2-01-00 Optional Laneline Delineation
00-01 7-07-00 Automaticed Red-Light Enforcement Systems
99-03 12-01-99 Indian Reservations
99-02 12-01-99 Overhead Guide Sign Illumination Policy
Memo 4-29-99 C40 Signs
Memo 3-16-99 Guide Sign Policy (Sheeting)
Memo 3-12-99 Sheeting Material for Guide Signs
Memo 11-30-98 Safety Corridors
Memo 11-10-98 Fluorescent Yellow Green
Memo 9-30-98 Historic District
Memo 4-13-98 Yellow Change Intervals
97-3 12-01-97 Access to Traffic Detector Data
97-1 6-19-97 Access to Live Video
Memo 12-27-96 PLAN-Typical Signing for COZEEP/MAZEEP Reduced Speed Zone
Memo 11-22-96 Work Zone Speed Limits
Memo 5-13-96 Signing for Speed Limits
Memo 1-07-93 Construction Speed Zones
Memo 12-22-92 Construction Speed Zones