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Sign Standards Program Policy & Procedures

Policy & Procedures

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    Engineer Circulars

    • EC 1110-2-288
      Standard Designs for Lock, Dam, and Waterway Signs
        NOTE: This document is for historical reference only. It is no longer active and should be used for historical purposes only. The document is for use by USACE only - do not distribute this publication!

    Engineer Manuals

    • EM 385-1-1, dated 30 November 2014
      Safety and Health Requirements
        Although this is a manual and not an ER, the contents are applicable to all missions under the command of the Chief of Engineers, whether accomplished by military, civilian, or contractor forces. In relation to hazardous materials, it regulates storage and handling practices.

        The provisions of this manual implement safety and health standards and requirements contained in 29 CFR 1910, 29 CFR 1926, 29 CFR 1960, 30 CFR 56, Executive Order 12196, DODI 6055.1, AR 40-5, AR 385-10, AR 385-11, and AR 385-40. Where more stringent safety and occupational health standards are set forth in these requirements and regulations, the more stringent standards shall apply.

      • Chapter 8, Accident Prevention Signs, Tags, Labels, Signals, Piping System Identification and Traffic Control
        Specifies the standards to follow for workplace and industrial safety signage. Use it in conjunction with the Corps Sign Manual (EP 310-1-6a) to address your workplace and industrial safety signage needs.

    Engineer Pamphlets

    • EP 1130-2-500, dated 27 December 1996 revised 1 June 2006
      Project Operations - Partners and Support (Work Management Guidance and Procedures)
      • Change 1, Change dated 1 June 2006 including statement that EP310-1-6a and 6b is the sign guidance to use when implementing baseline security posture
      • Chapter 6, Sign Standards Program for Civil Works Projects

    • EP 310-1-6, dated 1 September 1994 revised 1 June 2006
      Graphic Standards Manual

    • EP 310-1-6A, dated 1 April 1985 revised 1 June 2006
      USACE Sign Standards Manual

    Engineer Regulations

    • ER 1130-2-500, dated 27 December 1996 revised 1 June 2006
      Project Operations - Partners and Support (Work Management Guidance and Policies)
        This regulation establishes the policy for the management of operation and maintenance activities of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) personnel performing civil works functions related to flood control, navigation, dredging, hydroelectric power generation, environmental stewardship, and recreation services at water resource, waterway, and other USACE projects.
      • Chapter 6, Sign Standards Program for Civil Works Projects

    Policy Letter

    • 25-1, dated 18 June 1998
      USACE Graphic Standards and Custom Logos

    Policy Memos


    Other Policy

    • US Coast Guard Aids to Naviation

    • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
      • The official publication put out by the Federal Highway Administration for traffic control devices (signs and markings) on publicly accessible roadways in the United States. It is designated by Congress as the official standard to be followed for such roadways, and is not exclusive to highways (see 23 CFR, Part 655, Subpart F; also see 23 U.S.C. 109(d) and 402(a) for further details).

        The National Sign Manual (EP 310-1-6a) and the Corps Safety Manual (EM 385-1-1) reference the MUTCD as the authoritative resource for standard traffic signs and markings for Corps projects and interests across the nation. Many of your sign questions will be answered here. Additionally, the state wherein your Corps project resides may have a state publication supplemental to the MUTCD put out by the state's department of transportation. Use these resources when preparing standardized traffic signage and markings.

        It is advisable to develop a positive working relationship with personnel from the local department of transportation (municipal, county, state, etc.), as they should be able to provide you with valuable insight on this type of traffic signage. Often, they are willing to visit Corps projects to help provide perspectives for on-the-ground sign placement for Corps- owned roads. They can also readily provide tips for sign installation and maintenance.

    • Maintaining Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity
      • Pamphlet put out by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that answers a lot of questions about the retroreflectivity requirements put out by the FHWA, including testing methods and the suspense date (14 June 2014) for implementing a plan to test all traffic control signs.
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