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Innovation in the roadway safety industry

Outsiders of the transportation infrastructure industry may look to autonomous vehicles as an icon of innovation on the roadways, but for state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors in the roadway safety and infrastructure industry, innovation is not a stationary achievement. It is much more than a mile marker and not as easily defined.

With different perspectives and priorities, industry stakeholders are finding that in addition to new technologies, innovation is heavily reliant on communication between entities. Industry leaders are working together to move forward and ATSSA is no different. The association works year-round to progress and develop creative solutions for all of its initiatives including highlighting innovative products and technologies, training, and ATSSA membership.


One innovative effort ATSSA is involved in is a joint initiative with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (AHB50). Both ATSSA and TRB sponsor and conduct an exciting design competition, the Traffic Control Device (TCD) Student Challenge, to promote innovation and stimulate ideas in the traffic control devices area with a goal to improve operations and safety.


Find recent updates on the latest innovations in the resource list below and be sure to check back for updates.



Exhibit at ATSSA's Annual Traffic Expo

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Do you have an innovative roadway safety product? Exhibitors can showcase their innovations in the New Products Rollout at the Annual Convention & Traffic Expo. Products released after Jan. 1 of this year qualify for entry. Twenty will be accepted for the New Product Listing and just 12 will be accepted for presentation to a panel of judges. The top three products will earn an Innovation Award that will be announced during the Convention.


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Wanted: Students with creative minds to tackle a traffic safety challenge

Traffic Control Device Student Challenge returns after pandemic pause

ATSSA and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices invite students to compete in the 2022 Traffic Control Device (TCD) Student Challenge.

The contest returns after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are challenged to come up with “Innovative Traffic Control Device Strategies for Speed Management on Limited Access Freeways.”

The TCD Student Challenge promotes innovation and stimulates ideas in the traffic control devices industry with a goal to improve operations and safety and encourage future generations of roadway safety professionals. As part of the challenge, individuals or student teams submit solutions in the subject area of transportation and roadway safety based on the topic for the year.

“The TCD Student Challenge is a great way for our industry to engage students in learning more about transportation and gives them an incentive to do so,” said ATSSA Director of Innovation and Technical Services Eric Perry. “Students use their creativity to come up with innovative solutions for current roadway safety challenges that practitioners are currently trying to address to save lives. This year’s challenge focuses on speed management because more than one-fourth of all traffic fatalities involve at least one speeding driver.”

The Challenge is open to high school, junior college, college or university students or teams of students who have an interest in transportation and an understanding of traffic control devices. Students in relevant fields such as transportation, human factors and technology- related curricula are particularly encouraged to participate.

Participants receive the opportunity to present their designs in a public forum during the 2022 TRB Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 9-13. Three winning teams will win a cash prize and have the opportunity to present their submissions at ATSSA’s 52nd Annual Convention & Traffic Expo in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 11-15.

Applications are due by Oct. 1. Full details about the TCD Student Challenge are here.

Check out details about the 2020 winners

Key dates are as follows:

  • Submission Deadline: Oct. 1, 2021
  • Notification of invitation to the TRB Annual Meeting: Nov. 1, 2021
  • Presentations and judging at the TRB Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.: Jan. 9-13, 2022
  • Announcement of winners at TRB: Jan. 13, 2022
  • Recognition of winners at ATSSA’s Convention & Traffic Expo, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 11-15, 2022
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