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VTTI seeks participants for survey on how connected and automated vehicles will interact with work zones

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Luke Neurauter, senior research associate in the Division of Vehicle, Driver and Safety Systems at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), is asking ATSSA members and others in the roadway safety industry to take part in a survey on the impact of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) on work zones.

The purpose is to “better understand how CAV technologies will behave when they encounter typical work zone scenarios and what can be done (from the perspectives of both the CAVs and work zone operations) to ensure ultimate compatibility between all available technologies,” according to information from VTTI Senior Research Associate Tammy Trimble.

The research is sponsored by the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Horizon Signal breaks fundraising record with auction

Street Smart Rental makes winning bid in ATSS Foundation fundraiser

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Horizon Signal Technologies Inc. raised $53,000 for The ATSS Foundation through the auction of two trailer-mounted portable traffic signals, setting a fundraising record.

Street Smart Rental, based in Lino Lakes, Minn., made the winning bid of $49,000, with Horizon Signal adding $1,000 to bring the bid total to an even $50,000. In addition, GP Roadway Solutions of Honolulu, Hawaii, which also participated in the auction, donated $3,000, bringing the grand total to $53,000, said Lori Diaz, director of The ATSS Foundation.

Horizon Signal donated 100% of the proceeds from the May auction to The Foundation, which provides education about work zone safety and supports the families of people killed or permanently disabled in work zone incidents.

 

ATSSA’s 2022 Convention & Traffic Expo reunites roadway safety professionals

Registration is now open for the 52nd annual event in Tampa, Fla.

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ATSSA’s 52nd Annual Convention & Traffic Expo reunites roadway safety industry experts in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 11-15.

The five-day event is in person and features all of the popular activities of years past including the ATSS Foundation golf and sporting clays events plus dozens of opportunities to hear from industry experts, check out the latest innovations in roadway safety, explore a nearly 200,000-square-foot Expo floor and enjoy in-person networking both informally and through special events for groups such as Young Industry Professionals.

Plus, for the first time, the Expo will include outdoor demonstrations and vehicle displays.

Pickleball and cornhole offer fun ways to support The ATSS Foundation

Midyear Meeting includes Foundation fundraiser organized by HOA-ATSSA Chapter

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The Heart of America ATSSA Chapter is hosting a fundraiser for The ATSS Foundation during the Midyear Meeting in Kansas City, Mo. in August.

Enjoy pickleball, cornhole and other yard games while dining at Chicken N Pickle, a popular Kansas City restaurant that combines food and recreation. The HOA-ATSSA event provides opportunities for networking with other roadway safety professionals. Transportation will be available to and from the host hotel.

Net proceeds benefit The Foundation, which is the charitable arm of ATSSA. It was formed in 1988 with the core purpose to promote roadway safety through charitable giving and public awareness programs.

House passes surface transportation reauthorization

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The House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act earlier today by a margin of 221-201. The legislation passed on a mostly party line vote, with two Republicans—Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Rep Chris Smith (R-NJ)—voting in support of the legislation.

The five-year, $715 billion package includes $343 billion for roads, bridges and safety, with $15.9 billion of that dedicated to the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).

With this legislation passing the full House, attention now turns to the Senate where, earlier this year, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee passed its version of this bill, known as the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act (STRA) of 2021. 

House moves closer to passage of surface transportation reauthorization

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The House Rules Committee will hold its second meeting of the week today on the INVEST in America Act, the surface transportation reauthorization proposal that passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last month.

The meetings will determine which amendments that have been filed from members of the full House of Representativea are deemed germane, setting up a final vote on the House floor potentially as early as this week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has targeted passage prior to the July 4th recess for months, and the actions by the Rules Committee should keep that timetable in play.

Out of the 261 amendments filed, ATSSA is very supportive of three.

White House unveils bipartisan infrastructure framework

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Earlier this afternoon, President Biden announced that an agreement on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure framework had been made between the White House and members of the Senate from both parties. This bipartisan plan lays out an additional $579 billion in new spending, with $109 billion allocated towards roads, bridges and major projects and another $11 billion marked for safety.

Survey of highway contractors shows six in 10 reported a crash into their work zone

AGC-HCSS Software Solutions survey includes assessment of dangers

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Two reports this month offer stark reminders of the risks of highway work zones and the importance of roadway safety.

Today, we look at results of a survey of highway workers regarding work zone incidents and the issues contractors identified as key to improving safety for employees in work zones.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and HCSS Software Solutions surveyed highway contractors on their experiences with respect to work zone safety in 2020. Their 2021 Work Zone Awareness Survey Results, which included responses from 292 firms, found that 60% of contractors reported at least one motor vehicle crash in their work zone.

Roadway fatalities and work zone incidents in 2020 spell concern for roadway safety advocates

NHTSA projects 7.2% increase in motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2020

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Two reports this month offer stark reminders of the risks of highway work zones and the importance of roadway safety.

Today we look at the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which released its early estimate of motor vehicle traffic fatalities for 2020.

Tomorrow, we will look at results of a survey of highway workers regarding work zone incidents and the issues contractors identified as key to improving safety for employees in work zones.

Midyear Meeting adds Roadway Worker Protection session to agenda

New topic results from Roadway Worker Protection Summit during ATSSA’s 2021 Convention

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This year’s Midyear Meeting adds a new council focused on roadway worker protection to the lineup.

The addition evolved from the Roadway Worker Protection Summit, which was heavily attended during ATSSA’s 2021 Annual Convention & Traffic Expo held online in February, said ATSSA Vice President of Education and Technical Services Donna Clark.

She said the topic resonates with everyone in the roadway safety industry and, unfortunately, the statistics on injuries and deaths aren’t improving.

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