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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 24-16



Bureau of Operations; Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

[54 Pa.B. 69]
[Saturday, January 6, 2024]

 The Department of Transportation (Department), Bureau of Operations, Highway Safety and Traffic Operations Division, under 75 Pa.C.S. § 6103(c) (relating to promulgation of rules and regulations by department), gives notice that:

 1) The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 11th (2023) Edition Final Rule was published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at 88 FR 87672 (December 19, 2023). The effective date of the final rule is January 18, 2024.

 2) In accordance with 23 CFR 655.603(b)(3) (relating to standards), states or other Federal agencies that have their own MUTCDs or supplements shall revise these MUTCDs or supplements to be in substantial conformance with changes to the National MUTCD within 2 years of the effective date of the final rule for the changes. Substantial conformance of state or other Federal agency MUTCDs or supplements shall be as defined in 23 CFR 655.603(b)(1).

 3) Section 212.2(b) of 67 Pa. Code (relating to adoption of Federal standards) provides that, in accordance with 75 Pa.C.S. § 6103(d), if the MUTCD is amended or modified by the FHWA, the amendment will take effect on the effective date specified by the FHWA unless the Department publishes a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin stating that the amendment or modification will not apply.

 4) The Department has determined that the MUTCD 11th (2023) Edition includes a number of changes from the previous MUTCD 10th (2009) Edition that will require review and adjustments to policies and guidelines prior to adoption.

 5) To ensure that a comprehensive review of the MUTCD 11th (2023) Edition can be performed without disruption to the regulated community that must comply with 67 Pa. Code Chapter 212 (relating to official traffic-control devices) when installing and maintaining traffic control devices on public streets, highways, bikeways and private roads open to public traffic, the Department gives notice that the amendments and modifications in the MUTCD 11th (2023) Edition will not apply until the time a comprehensive review can be accomplished and further notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin can be given regarding the new amendments and modifications.

 6) Until further notice is provided in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, the provisions of the MUTCD 10th (2009) Edi-tion shall continue to provide the standards applicable in this Commonwealth under 67 Pa. Code Chapter 212.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 24-16. Filed for public inspection January 5, 2024, 9:00 a.m.]

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