Instructor: Greg Taylor
Credit Hours: 3.00
Approval Number: Not Required
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This course is the second of two in this series that shows how to effectively use the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) for establishing roadway traffic control. Course material will cover Part 4 – Highway Traffic Signals, Part 5 – Traffic Control Devices for Low-Volume Roads, Part 6 – Temporary Traffic Control, Part 7 – Traffic Control for School Areas, Part 8 – Traffic Control for Railroad and Light Rail Transit Grade Crossings, and Part 9 – Traffic Control for Bicycle Facilities. The overall objective of this 3-hour course is to give engineers and designers an in-depth look at traffic control selection and design principles.
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD) 2009 Edition will be referenced to explain fundamental roadway traffic control. It is the recognized national standard for all traffic control devices installed on any road or bikeway. Any traffic control device design or application contained within it is considered to be in the public domain and available for use.
Nationwide consistency is the goal of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) by requiring uniform, understandable, and effective devices. This course is intended to serve as guidance and not as an absolute rule. It was written to help you learn to use the MUTCD more effectively for establishing roadway traffic control. Should there be any discrepancies between the contents of this course and the MUTCD - always follow the MUTCD. Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (40) questions to earn PDH credits.
This course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Traffic signals and their warrants
- Advantages and disadvantages of traffic control signals
- Low-volume road traffic control devices
- Fundamental principles of temporary traffic control
- Typical temporary traffic control zone components
- School traffic control factors
- Rail grade crossing traffic control and applications
- Traffic control design for bikeways and shared-use paths
Greg Taylor has worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation as the Civil Engineering Manager since 1978. He is responsible for all types of roadway projects including State routes, bridges and estimates. He performs all phases of civil engineering design work including erosion control, hydrology, andgrading, while adhering to State regulations. He has also been a logistics and support officer for the Tennessee Air National Guard from 1985 to 2006. Greg hold a M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee as well as an M.S. in Engineering Management also from the University of Tennessee.