Traffic Control Devices

Signs and Workzones Branch  

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is responsible for rules and regulations contained in the California MUTCD.  The California MUTCD prescribes uniform standards and specifications for official traffic signs to be used on streets and highways in California. The Office of Traffic Engineering responsible for Caltrans standard specifications, standard plans and special provisions pertaining to signs and traffic control on State highway construction projects and for the administration of contracts for procurement of traffic signs to be used on State highways.

Recent Events: Effective March 9, 2018, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has made edits, referred to as Revision 3 (Rev 3), to the 2014 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD), to provide uniform standards and specifications for all official traffic control devices in California. This action was taken pursuant to the provisions of California Vehicle Code Section 21400 and the recommendations of the California Traffic Control Devices Committee (CTCDC). Caltrans has received a letter to confirm substantial conformance from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for the CA MUTCD 2014, Rev 3.

The revised CA MUTCD 2014 Rev 3 includes FHWA’s MUTCD 2009 Edition, and revised in May 2012, as amended for use in California. The CA MUTCD 2014, Rev 3 also includes policies on traffic control devices issued by the Department since April 7, 2017, and other corrections and format changes that were necessary to update the previous documents.

For more information on the California MUTCD adoption, visit the CA MUTCD webpage.

Arshad Iqbal, Traffic Signs Branch Chief
Traffic Operations Headquarters
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