February 11, 2010
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NOTE: This is an edited rebroadcast of the original program that aired on
October 15, 2009. It is offered again due to popular demand, in case you were
not able to attend. This event will be streamed to you and will require use of
your computer’s speakers.
SIGN RETROREFLECTIVITY - WHAT IS IT AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Retroreflectivity is a measure of a sign’s ability to be read by sensitive
driving populations during nighttime and other non-optimal conditions.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) enacted changes to the Manual on
Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) that require new retroreflectivity
maintenance standards for signs. By January 2012, local jurisdictions must
establish and implement a sign assessment or management method and all
regulatory, warning, and ground-mounted signs must be in compliance by January
Local and state governments must begin preparing for compliance within their
Developing a plan for compliance begins with an understanding that
retroreflectivity (where light is reflected directly back to the source) is not
the same thing as reflectivity (where light bounces off at an angle, as in a
mirror) and this webinar will be demystifying this cumbersome word. Nighttime
visibility challenges will also be examined.
Will both legitimate and illegitimate civil cases be brought against local
governments when someone has an accident and could this expose those agencies to
considerable judgments? Based on past experience, this seems very likely.
Hence, a local government should establish policies, procedures, and
documentation of effective implementation that will provide an affirmative
defense, should it be needed.
This program will help you understand the requirements, legal implications and
importance of having a plan. There is a second session on retroreflectivity on
November 5th that will show how other agencies have implemented their plan and
focuses on best management practices.
After viewing this program, participants will be better able to:
- Explain the difference between retroreflectivity and reflectivity
- Discuss the origins and reasons for the new retroreflectivity standards
in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
- Facilitate planning processes within their agencies that will result in
effective policies and procedures for compliance with the new MUTCD
This program has been approved for .2 CEUs or 2 PDHs. The form to request
these credits is included in the handouts for this program. Please note there is
a $5 fee per individual requesting CEUs.
||Matheu J. Carter, P.E.
T2 Engineer and Municipal Circuit Rider
Delaware Center for Transportation’s T2 Center
University of Delaware
Matt Carter is a civil and environmental engineer, licensed in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. His 20+ year professional background includes transportation, stormwater, water/wastewater, solid waste, hazardous waste, and fleet management in the arenas of heavy construction, design consulting, litigation support, regulatory oversight, and public and private sector administration. In addition to his prior work in construction and private consulting, Matt was Director of Public Works and Capital Facilities Administrator for Cecil County, Maryland. He is currently the T2 Engineer and Municipal Circuit Rider for the Delaware Center for Transportation’s T2 Center at the University of Delaware.
||Dr. Ron Eck, P.E.
West Virginia LTAP
West Virginia University
Ron is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University where he currently serves as Senior Advisor with the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP).
He has B.S.C.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Clemson University and is a registered professional engineer. His experience and interests are in the areas of traffic engineering, traffic safety and forensic engineering.
He teaches Tort Liability/Risk Management and Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity courses for LTAP centers across the country. He is active in the technical committees of the Transportation Research Board and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He is past chair of the Expert Witness Council of ITE and authored the text Handbook of Accident Reconstruction. He has testified as an expert witness in roadway-related matters in over twenty states.
||MODERATOR: Paul Plotas, P.E., PTOE
Senior Traffic Engineer
Wilson & Company, Inc., Engineers & Architects
Kansas City, MO