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Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity

Implementation Date: June 14, 2014

Agencies have until June 14, 2014 to implement and continue to use an assessment or management method that is designed to maintain regulatory and warning sign retroreflectivity at or above the minimum level in Table 2A-3 of the 2009 MUTCD. Please See FHWA-SA-07-020

Federal Safety Funding

Local Programs Traffic Services administers Federal Safety Funds to local agencies. Contact the Traffic Services Manager  to see if your project qualifies for funds.

Classroom Training in WA

Local Programs offers classroom training in measuring retroreflectivity and developing and managing programs to maintain minimum retroreflectivity levels. Join our Training ListServ to be notified when the training is available.

Other Resources

Finding a Retroreflectometer

A sign retroreflectometer tests the retroreflectivity of traffic signs. Here are some options for finding one:

  • Traffic Services has a RoadVista 922 Retroreflectometer that we loan out to local agencies. Contact the LTAP E-Learning Coordinator.
  • Agencies may be able to borrow a retroreflectometer from a neighboring agency.
  • The following companies may offer equipment for traffic sign retroreflectivity. WSDOT does not necessarily endorse these companies, but provides the information for the benefit of local agencies. Contact the LTAP E-Learning Coordinator to have other companies added to this list.

Companies that rent retroreflectometers:

Companies that sell retroreflectometers:

Hardware and Software

The following companies and Local Technical Assistance Program centers may offer sign management hardware or software. WSDOT does not necessarily endorse these products or companies, but provides the information for the benefit of local agencies. Contact the LTAP E-Learning Coordinator to have other companies added to this list.

Software

Hardware

Technical Assistance

Visit our Q&A page to get answers to common questions about traffic sign retroreflectivity.

Or contact the LTAP E-Learning Coordinator  for assistance or recommendations on traffic sign retroreflectivity.

Survey of Local Agencies in WA

Traffic Services conducted four surveys of Washington's local agencies on their readiness to meet traffic sign retroreflectivity requirements. Here are the results:

Listservs

Sign up for a listserv. This is a great way to ask questions, exchange information, and build relationships with others involved with maintaining sign retroreflectivity in Washington State and nationally.

Consultants For Hire

The consultants listed below are available for local agencies to hire for assistance with their traffic sign retroreflectivity programs. WSDOT does not necessarily endorse these consultants, but provides the information for the benefit of local agencies. Contact the LTAP E-Learning
Coordinator
 to have other consultants added to this list.

James W. Ellison
Consulting Traffic Engineer
(253) 666-2377
jim@jameswellison.com

Mark Voigtsberger
Manager, Transportation and ITS Services
Premier Utility Services LLC
(516) 408-8312
(425) 381-7265

Bob Wagar
Supervising Traffic Engineer
Northwest Engineers
(206) 227-6424
(425) 750-8772
bob@northwestengineers.com