Traffic Operations Policy

TOPDs, Memos, & Letters (listed by most current Effective Date)
Number Effective
Date
Subject
Memo 7-14-17 Implementation of Temporary Pedestrian Access Route (TPAR)
Memo 5-19-17 Implementation of Six-Inch Wide Traffic Lines and Discontinuing Use of Non-Reflective Raised Pavement Markers
(RESCINDS TOPD 00-02, dated 2-1-00)
Memo 5-17-17 Guidelines for Visibility Improvement Requests (VIRs)
Memo 4-13-17 Procurement of Laminated Wood Box Post (LWBP) Sign Supports for Capital Outlay Projects
IA-17 4-10-17

FHWA Interim Approval - Three-Section Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal Faces

Letter 4-7-17 Caltrans Letter to CTCDC - 2014 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Revision 2
IA-18 4-6-17 FHWA Interim Approval - Intersection Bicycle Boxes
17-01 4-1-17 Use of Department-Furnished Signal Controller Assemblies and Department-Furnished Software Programs on the State Highway System
Letter 3-28-17 Chapter 4F Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Guidance Statement Change
Letter 3-28-17 FHWA Letter of Substantial Conformance for 2014 Rev 2 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Letter 3-21-17 Caltrans Letter of Adoption for the 2014 Rev 2 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
11-03-R1 1-13-17 Record Retention Policy for Traffic Safety and Traffic Accident Surveillance and Analysis Systems (TASAS)
Memo 10-28-16 Reinstatement of Use of SRT Systems
Memo 7-25-16 Suspension of the SRT Systems
Memo 5-23-16 Exception to the Implementation of the Revised 2010 Electrical Standards
Memo 5-10-16 Route Shield Pavement Markings
Memo 4-22-16 Implementation of the Revised 2010 and 2015 Electrical Standards
Memo 1-5-16 Advanced Lane Assignment Signs
14-01 1-1-16 Installation of Automated Red Light Enforcement Systems by Local Governmental Agencies on the State Highway System (Revision 1, 8-5-15)
(SUPERSEDES TOPD 14-01, dated 2-5-14)
Memo 12-29-15 Replacement and Retrofit of Existing Pedestrian Signal "Meter On" Signs
IA-16 11-27-15 FHWA Interim Approval - Bicycle Signal Faces
Memo 10-15-15 Warranty-Based Pavement Marking Pilot Projects
Memo 8-12-15 Exit Gore Signage
Letter 11-7-14 Caltrans Letter of Adoption for the 2014 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
14-02 12-11-14 Overhead Guide Sign Policy on the State Highway System (Revision 1, 12-11-14)
Follow-up Memo (8-24-15) for Implementation of Retroreflective Sheeting (Types VIII, IX or XI) for Fluorescent Orange Signs Identified in TOPD 14-02, Revision 1
(NSSP Word files for District use located on the Traffic Control Devices NSSP webpage)
Memo 10-28-14 Use of Severe-Duty Crash Attenuators
Memo 9-30-14 Use of Ramp Metering Sign in Projects in Design or Construction
Memo 9-18-14 Implementation of Portable Transverse Rumble Strips
Memo 9-17-14 Visibility Improvement Request During Declared Droughts
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
Memo 11-25-13 Electrical Design Standards for Advertised Projects
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
12-02 4-18-12 Adoption of the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware
Supporting Document: Decision Document
12-01 3-30-12 Pedestrian Clearance Time
Supporting Document: APS Clarification Memo 9-18-14
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 conformance 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 Pedestrian Clearance Time
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
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.
09-04 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 7-7-00)
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
Memo 6-30-06 2006 Travel Time Values for Automobiles and Trucks
06-03 6-07-06 Commercial Television Broadcasts from Transportation Management Centers (TMC)
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
Memo 1982-2003 Electrical Engineering Policies (various letters and memos between 1982-2003, 66 page .pdf file)
03-02 12-26-03 In-Roadway Warning Lights at Crosswalks
Memo 12-01-03 Placement of Traffic Controller Cabinets
03-05 10-10-03 New Speed Limit Signs
03-04 8-01-03 Vehicle Speed Feedback Signs
Memo 6-27-03 State Furnished Materials for LED Modules and BBS Systems
TOPD 6-25-03 TMS Sustaining Engineering
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 8-1-02 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 2-1-02 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
TOPD 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 (SUPERSEDED by CA MUTCD, Section 2L.01, paragraph #05)
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
00-05A 3-7-01 Horizontal/Vertical Clearance changes
00-05 11-21-00 Crashworthy Traffic Control Devices in Work Zones
00-04 1-4-01 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
(RESCINDED BY 5-19-17 Memo, Implementation of Six-Inch Wide Traffic Lines and Discontinuing Use of Non-Reflective Raised Pavement Markers)
00-01 7-7-00 Automaticed Red-Light Enforcement Systems
(SUPERSEDED BY TOPD 09-03, dated 6-15-09)
99-03 12-1-99 Indian Reservations
99-02 12-1-99 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 12-1-97 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 1-7-93 Construction Speed Zones
Memo 12-22-92 Construction Speed Zones