ARTBA rolls out traffic control manual for mobile devices

One of the transportation industry’s most heavily used publications — the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) — is available for the first time on Apple mobile devices through the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

Published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the MUTCD defines the standards by which public and private transportation professionals install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways and bikeways, providing guidance on the types of shapes, colors, and fonts, and installation methods that should be used in road markings and signs, as well as standards by which all U.S. traffic control devices must conform.

Steve McGough, chairman of ARTBA’s Transportation Design Construction & Management Innovation Council, and the chief operating officer of Sugarland, Texas-based HCSS, says the e-book will allow road managers nationwide to access critical safety information via their smart phones or tablets right on the job site, or in the office. “This is the latest in an ongoing series of ARTBA innovations that are designed to help industry firms and public agencies operate more efficiently,” McGough explained in a press release.

ARTBA’s MUTCD e-book, available for $29.99 through the, is formatted for users to electronically search, find, copy, paste, print, and save both text and graphics by navigating hyperlinks and bookmarking information about traffic control rules and regulations.

Apple’s iBookstore version is viewable from devices such as iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Kindles. Any mobile device can also download the MUTCD through Amazon’s Bookstore.

Last issued in 2009 and containing updates through 2012, the MUTCD is updated periodically to accommodate the nation’s changing transportation needs and address new safety technologies and control tools.