If you have been nervous about meeting the new MUTCD traffic sign standards, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The regulations are still being modified by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
It appears that timelines will be extended and requirements are less stringent. A proposed amendment has been published that revises most of the target compliance dates for upgrading existing traffic control devices in the field that do not meet the current MUTCD standards.
One requirement concerns the retro-reflectivity of traffic signs. You may have been told to measure the retro-reflectivity of each individual sign in the field. This is an expensive and time consuming endeavor. It cannot be automated – even with mobile mapping systems.
It appears that the proposed revisions to the MUTCD code reflect this issue as well.