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ATSSA National Headquarters Building


ATSSA, an international trade association, is located in Fredericksburg, Va. Since 1969, ATSSA has represented companies and individuals in the traffic control and roadway safety industry. Over 1,600 ATSSA members provide the majority of features, services and devices used to make our nation's roadways safer. These include pavement markings, road signs, work zone traffic control devices, guardrail, and other roadside safety features.

ATSSA History

The American Traffic Safety Services Association began in 1966 when a few barricade rental operators got together in Chicago to discuss ways in which they could cooperate to upgrade the industry and improve their own business.

Out of this grew a somewhat informal association of barricade rental companies which, in 1969, became the Rental Division of the American Traffic Safety Control Devices Association. Later in 1969, it was decided to form the American Traffic Services Association, and the first general meeting was held in Chicago in the spring of 1970. The first annual convention was held in New Orleans in early 1971.

In 1982, the first chapter was formed in Texas. In the fall of 1983 there was interest in expanding the membership of ATSSA to include permanent sign manufacturers, and in December of 1983 the Sign Manufacturing Division of ATSA was formally organized. In December of 1984 the name of the association was formally changed to the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) in order to better describe the full scope and activities of the association. In October 1988 the association was further expanded to include a Pavement Marking Division (PMD). In November 1998, the board of directors voted to grant full voting status to the manufacturing member companies of ATSSA, and renamed this membership group the Manufacturers and Suppliers Division. Also in 1998, an ITS Council was organized. In March of 2003 the Guardrail Services Division was formally organized. ATSSA now includes five organized divisions as well as International, Traffic Engineering & Design Firm, Individual Consultant, and Individual Manufacturers Representative members. The association's current membership totals approximately 1600.

ATSSA's 3-5 Year Goals are...
  • ATSSA will be the industry leader in advocating roadway safety to public officials at all levels of government
  • ATSSA will be our industry's primary resource for knowledge exchange, education and training
  • ATSSA will be the recognized voice and authority on roadway safety
  • ATSSA will support our members' business development

To view ATSSA's organizational chart, click here.

Driving Directions to the ATSSA National Headquarters
  • ATSSA is located approximately 45 miles south of Washington, D.C. off of Interstate 95. Although ATSSA has a Fredericksburg, Va. mailing address, the physical location of the ATSSA headquarters is Stafford County, Va.
  • Traveling south on Interstate 95, exit at “133B” heading towards Warrenton, Va. on Rt. 17 WEST. Immediately merge into the extreme left lane and turn left at the first traffic light (Shell gas station). This is Sanford Drive.
  • Travel less than one quarter of a mile on Sanford Drive, and turn left onto Riverside Parkway.
  • Almost immediately, you will see a teal-green “ATSSA” sign at the entrance to the parking lot. Enter here and park. Once in the ATSSA building, proceed to the reception area on the second floor for assistance.
  • Travelers from the north on I-95 will take exit “133A,” immediately merge to the left lane, and turn on Sanford Drive as explained above.
  • ATSSA is located less than one mile from the interstate. Route 17 and I-95 is a major interchange, therefore, expect heavy traffic and many, many trucks.
  • The security system on the building unlocks doors automatically at 9 a.m. EST, Monday through Friday. Visitors arriving before 9 a.m., may not gain access. The main telephone number is 540-368-1701.
  • The address to use in MAPQUEST, GPS and other navigational devices is 15 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22406-1022. A MAPQUEST overview of the surrounding area can be viewed by clicking here.


  • The American Traffic Safety Services Association
  • 15 Riverside Parkway, Suite 100
  • Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406-1077
  • Telephone: (800) 272-8772



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