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Presentation: Conducting Sign Retroreflectivity Inspections

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Training for Conducting Visual Sign Retroreflectivity Inspections and Measuring Retroreflectivity of Traffic Signs

Speaker's Note

Hello and welcome to Inspector Training for Sign Retroreflectivity.

This course is intended for those folks in the field performing maintenance of signs, particularly sign retroreflectivity. New MUTCD rules are in place regarding the maintenance of sign retroreflectivity. This course will walk you through the assessment techniques available for conducting sign maintenance in terms of retroreflectivity.

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Ground Rules

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Course Instructor(s)

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Participant Introductions

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Purpose of Course

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Content & Schedule

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• Welcome15
• Background20
• Retroreflectivity40
• New retroreflectivity requirements15
• Training Slides
• Visual Inspection Methods
       – Comparison Panel Procedure30
• Calibrated Signs Procedure30
• Consistent Parameters Procedure30
       – Retroreflectivity Measurements30
• Resources5

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Questions

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Why Do We Install Signs?

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Required by MUTCD? NO

Engineering Decision? YES!

Why? To help drivers safely navigate roadways (including older)

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Key Issue: Older Drivers

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MUTCD

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

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MUTCD

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MUTCD

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MUTCD Sign Maintenance

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MUTCD Section 2A.22 Maintenance

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More than just Retroreflectivity

Reasonably safe for day or night travel?

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