RRFBs Are Back: How to Put Them in Action in Your State

Wed, 2018-03-21 15:19 -- kate.lautens

Learn what’s new in IA-21 vs. IA-11

On March 20, 2018, the Federal Highway Administration issued Interim Approval 21 – Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons at Crosswalks in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

The Basics

IA-11 is no longer valid: existing RRFBs installed under IA-11 may remain operating until the end of their useful serviceable life. Action: See the FAQ questions #6–7 for more information on previously installed RRFBs and the definition of “Serviceable Life.”

All state and local agencies must apply for new approvals under IA-21. Submit applications to the Office of Transportation Operations: MUTCDofficialrequest@dot.gov 

 

Breaking down the Conditions of Interim Approval

SECTION 5B: BEACON FLASHING REQUIREMENTS

What you need to know How we can help
Only one flash pattern is permitted: wig-wag + simultaneous (WW+S). All Carmanah units installed since 2014 are already utilizing the MUTCD-compliant WW+S flash pattern required under IA-21.

SECTION 5E: BEACON FLASHING REQUIREMENTS

What you need to know How we can help
Night time dimming is recommended. All Carmanah RRFBs have nighttime dimming as a built-in feature.

SECTION 6C: BEACON OPERATION

What you need to know How we can help
R10-25 sign explaining the purpose and use of the pedestrian pushbutton detector must accompany pushbuttons. Contact us to determine the components you need for your installation.

SECTION 7: ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN FEATURES

What you need to know How we can help

What can be used: locator tone or voice message “yellow lights are flashing,” spoken twice.

What cannot be used: vibrotactile indications or percussive indications.

Carmanah has been supplying this compliant AP pedestrian pushbutton since 2014.

Download our RRFB IA-21 Approval Guidance Letter

 

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