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.
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.