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In 2012, language was added to the Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MN MUTCD) that requires all agencies that maintain public roadways to adopt a sign maintenance program designed to maintain signs at or above minimum levels of retroreflectivity. Since 2014, agencies have been required to use either an assessment or management method to keep all of their regulatory and warning signs at or above the established minimum retroreflectivity levels.

This workshop will provide an overview of the Minnesota’s Best Practices for Traffic Sign Maintenance/Management Handbook, including the provisions of the MN MUTCD, a review of the alternative methods for sign maintenance, and an approach to developing a budget for sign maintenance. In addition, attendees will learn about a technique for reducing sign maintenance budgets that focuses on reducing the number of signs in an agency’s inventory (a pilot program along the township system in Stevens County achieved a 28 percent reduction). This discussion will include information about establishing policies and procedures that help your agency maintain compliance with retroreflectivity requirements while also managing your risk.

Date & Time

A virtual session of this workshop is scheduled to be held via Zoom on January 13, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration

If you have a disability and require accommodation to fully participate in this activity, please contact Kaydee Kirk at kkirk@umn.edu. Requests should be made immediately upon registering in order to accommodate your needs.

Topics Covered

  • Overview of MUTCD and sign retroreflectivity requirements
  • Assessment, management and maintenance methods
  • Financial/budgeting
  • Policy development
  • Implementation
  • Sign effectiveness
  • Sign removal

Who Should Attend

This workshop is primarily intended for professional staff with both the responsibility and authority to manage the system of traffic signs along Minnesota’s state, county, city, and township system of roadways.

Course Instructor

Jon Jackels works at SRF Consulting Group and has more than 40 years of ITS and traffic engineering experience. He is actively involved in local, regional, and national associations, including the Minnesota County Engineering Association’s Traffic Safety Committee, the American Traffic Safety Services Association, the Institute of Traffic Engineers, and the FHWA’s ENTERPRISE Pooled Fund Study. He has presented at numerous conferences and served on many technical committees for research and project development.

Credit

Sponsors

This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.