December 13, 2019


FHWA – National Highway Institute
1310 North Courthouse Road , Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201

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The Virginia Supplement to the MUTCD documents deviations from the MUTCD and adds Virginia-specific requirements. The Supplement is applicable to all roadways in the Commonwealth of Virginia maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).  Further, the MUTCD provisions are applicable to all private roads open to public travel, such as those in shopping centers, theme parks, airports, sports arenas, and other related types of facilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


While all public agencies and owners of private roads, facilities and paths that are open to public travel within Virginia must rely on the 2009 MUTCD, they are encouraged to bring uniformity to the use of traffic control devices within the Commonwealth of Virginia by adopting and complying with the Virginia Supplement.  These documents contain the standards to ensure uniformity and consistency with how traffic control devices are designed, installed, maintained, operated, and managed on streets and highways open to public travel in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Decisions to involving these traffic control devices should be based on an engineering study and judgment that considers the conditions and context specific to each application, ensuring consistency with the 2009 MUTCD, and where appropriate the Virginia Supplement.


Student will develop an appreciation for how to use the MUTCD and the Virginia Supplement for signs; markings; traffic signals; and traffic control devices for special applications.  Students will also gain an appreciation of the relationship between the MUTCD and the Virginia Supplement to the FHWA Standard Highway Signs, Virginia Standard Highway Signs Book, and the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual.


Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what is the Virginia Supplement;
  • Explain when the 2009 MUTCD and this Supplement must be used in Virginia;
  • Describe the organization and format of the Virginia Supplement;
  • Discuss how to find changes to specific sections of the 2009 MUTCD in the Virginia Supplement;
  • Explain where to find compliance dates for specific traffic control;
  • Explain the impacts of these compliance dates to public agencies in Virginia;
  • Identify the key changes made for signs in Part 2 of the MUTCD;
  • Identify the key changes made for markings in Part 3 of the MUTCD; and
  • Identify the key changes made for signals in Part 4 of the MUTCD


Jon Obenberger

Jon Obenberger is lecturer for the University of Virginia’s Transportation Training Academy, the Essentials of Engineering Excellence Program, and the Transportation Project Management Institute (TPMI).


Dr. Obenberger has over 33 years of experience with leading programs, policy initiatives, projects, and day-to-day activities related to the planning, design, and operation of highways and local streets for local, regional, state, and Federal agencies.  Dr. Obenberger is also a Senior Transportation Research Engineer in the Office of Operations Research and Development for the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) in McLean, VA.  Dr.  Obenberger leads initiatives and projects to advance the active management, operation and deployment of the next generation of traffic management systems and centers, the integration of these systems with connected and automated vehicles, and travelers using connected mobile devices.  From 2004 to 2013, as the Preconstruction Team Leader he led a wide variety of initiatives aimed at advancing design practices nationally, enhancing FHWA’s design discipline, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of FHWA’s stewardship and oversight of the Federal-aid highway program.  Dr. Obenberger serves on numerous national committees and task forces.  Dr. Obenberger member of TRB’s Traffic Control Devices Committee, member of TRB’s Active Traffic Management (ATM) Task Force, and former Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Freeway Operations Committee (2012-2018).  From 2004 to 2013 he was the secretary of the AASHTO Preconstruction Engineering Management Technical Committee.  Dr. Obenberger earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech.  He is a licensed professional engineer in Wisconsin.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for engineers, planners, technicians, and researchers from State, local agency, Metropolitan Planning Organization, consultants and contractors, and academic institutions who are responsible for planning, programming, managing, operating, designing and implementing, evaluating, or approving highway improvement projects and other types of projects on the surface transportation system.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

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