Effective December 9, 2015 California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has made edits, referred to as Revision 1 (Rev 1), to the 2014 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (California 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 California MUTCD 2014, Rev 1.
The California MUTCD 2014, Rev 1 includes FHWA’s MUTCD 2009 edition dated December 19, 2009 and revised in May 2012, as amended for use in California. The California MUTCD 2014, Rev 1 also includes policies on traffic control devices issued by the Department since November 7, 2014, and other corrections and format changes that were necessary to update the previous documents.
Published under the authority of the Watch Committee of Public Works Standards, Inc., the Work Area Traffic Control Handbook is the product of a dedicated, 13-member committee comprised of leading experts in traffic control and safety. This valuable pocket-sized handbook has become the leading source of information for traffic control in construction work areas on local and county roads.
This handbook is intended to provide standards and guidelines for Temporary Traffic Control zones (TTC zones). The WATCH provides quick reference traffic control guidelines for work activities for contractors, cities, counties, utilities and other agencies responsible for such work. This handbook is in compliance with the edition of the California MUTCD adopted as of January 13, 2012.
The American Traffic Safety Services Association, an International Trade Association, is located in Fredericksburg, Va. Since 1969, ATSSA has represented companies and individuals in the traffic control and roadway safety industry. Over 1,600 ATSSA members provide the majority of features, services and devices used to make our nation's roadways safer. These include pavement markings, road signs, work zone traffic control devices, guardrail, and other roadside safety features.
The California Sign Chart contains commonly used signs in California, and is not meant to be used as a comprehensive sign chart.
Regulations For Working In San Francisco Streets, also known as the “Blue Book,” is a manual for City agencies (DPW, Muni, SFWD, DPT, Port of SF, etc.), utility crews, private contractors, and others doing work in San Francisco streets. It establishes rules for working safely and in a way that will cause the least possible interference with pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and other traffic.In addition to the regulations in this manual, contractors are responsible for complying with all city, state and federal codes, rules and regulations.
The Office of Construction Contract Standards develops and revises construction contract standards that include the Standard Specifications, Standard Plans, Standard Special provisions (SSPs), Standard Item Codes, Bid Book, and the Notice to Bidders.
The national flagger database is a central information site for those seeking information about flagging. The searchable feature allows you to find certified flaggers for hire or verify a flagger certification status. Additionally, courses for flagger certification and flagger instructors can be found according to the state you need.
An encroachment permit must be obtained for all proposed activities related to the placement of encroachments within, under, or over the State highway rights of way.
The California Vehicle Code contains almost all statutes relating to the operation, ownership and registration of vehicles (including bicycles) in the state of California in the United States. It also contains statutes concerning the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the California Highway Patrol.
The Vehicle Code includes various criminal law sections relating to the theft and misuse of motor vehicles. The Vehicle Code is one of 29 codes containing general statutes adopted by the California legislature and that have either been signed into law by the governor or that have become law without the governor's signature.
Only California (CA) coded sign specifications are shown on this page. MUTCD coded Sign Specs are located in the FHWA Standard Highway Signs Book.
The 2009 MUTCD sign layouts are now available. New and revised sign layout details are contained in the 2012 Supplement to the 2004 Edition of Standard Highway Signs. Those signs whose designs did not change from the 2003 Edition of the MUTCD are still included in the 2004 Edition of Standard Highway Signs. Old designs have not been removed from the 2004 Edition, so please be sure to consult the 2012 Supplement for any sign designs that might have been updated. Sign layout details that are included in the 2012 Supplement supersede any previous designs contained in the 2004 Edition of Standard Highway Signs.
In the City of Oakland, to obtain an encroachment, obstruction, or excavation permit, you are REQUIRED to submit a Traffic Control application.
The Division of Transportation System Information is providing a new generation of web-based data access for sharing and viewing tools through the Google Earth and API Web Page. The Caltrans Earth solution is a powerful, network-based 2D and 3D mapping system that makes vast amounts of data easily accessible for the general public. Caltrans Earth utilizes a California-focused virtual world created by Caltrans.
Design, remix, and share your street. Add bike paths, widen sidewalks or traffic lanes, learn how all of this can impact your community.
This manual provides the basic standards for the safe movement of traffic upon highways and streets in accordance with Section 21400 of the California Vehicle Code. Traffic control includes safe protection for the public, motorist, cyclist, pedestrian, and worker. It is the responsibility of the contractor or organization performing work on, or adjacent to, a roadway to install and maintain such devices which are necessary to provide safe passage for the traveling public through the work area and for the safety of the workers.
The purpose of a traffic control plan is to allow the contractor to work within the public right of way efficiently and effectively while maintaining a safe, uniform flow of traffic. The construction work and the public traveling through the work zone in vehicles, bicycles or as pedestrians must be given equal consideration when developing a traffic control plan.
Traffic Control Plans and Detour Plans
Traffic Control Plans (TCP) and/or Detour Plans are reviewed and managed by the Right of Way Management Section and are required for all construction work within the road right of way which modifies vehicular, bicycle and/or pedestrian traffic patterns and are necessary to ensure the safe and efficient movement of traffic through construction work zones. TCP templates developed in conformance to the current California Manual of Traffic Control Devices (Cal MUTCD) are available for use and satisfy many of the situations typically encountered. Those choosing to use these templates should become familiar with all general conditions indicated with the template package and should also note that the templates cannot be used in all locations/situations. TCP situations not covered by these templates will require review and approval prior to proceeding with construction activities.
A list of links to various traffic control resources provided by Caltrans including work zone related policies, public awareness, transportation managment plans (TMP), Caltrans encroachment permits, work zone traffic controls, work zone safety, and Caltrans maintenance, operations, and construction information.