Roadway Safety Innovation

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


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.


Learn more about featuring your innovative product to key industry professionals. View videos of last year's entries and award winners.





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Apply now for public agency scholarships for 2024 Convention & Traffic Expo

Officials with city, county, state and federal transportation agencies encouraged to apply

ATSSA’s Public Agency and Marty Weed Engineering scholarships provide department of transportation (DOT) officials opportunities to engage with the latest roadway safety tools and the people advancing the industry at the largest gathering of roadway safety infrastructure officials in North America. 

A record-breaking crowd registered for ATSSA’s 2023 Convention & Traffic Expo, and more are expected for the 54th annual event in San Diego, Feb. 2-6. 

“ATSSA appreciates the partnerships we have with public agencies and recognizes the value of helping their employees get first-hand exposure to the technologies being developed for roadway safety infrastructure,” ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner said. “We have seen the tremendous benefit for newcomers who attend the Convention & Traffic Expo and are exposed to new ideas and can have one-on-one interactions with people from every aspect of the industry. That’s why we encourage DOT personnel new and veteran to apply for these scholarships.” 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Convention, which will include the New Products Rollout, the Innovation Award that goes to the top product as judged by DOT officials, and the ever-popular Circle of Innovation where transportation officials from across the country and around the globe hear about the latest topics. 

The event encompasses every aspect of the industry from pavement marking and traffic control to technology designed to protect roadway workers and interact with connected and automated vehicles.  

ATSSA is offering more than 100 scholarships to public agency officials to attend the 2024 Convention & Traffic Expo. 

Public agency officials at city, county, state and federal agencies are encouraged to apply for a scholarship, which provides: 

  • Complimentary registration to the 2024 Convention & Traffic Expo 

  • ATSSA will submit a master hotel/rooming list and ATSSA will PAY for approved hotel nights hotel (room & tax).  

  • Reimbursement of travel expenses up to $900 with receipts to cover airfare, mileage, meals and transportation to/from airport.  

Two scholarships are available – the Marty Weed Engineering Scholarship and the Public Agency Scholarship.  

The Marty Weed Engineering Scholarship is named for a longstanding member of ATSSA who spent 33 years with the Washington State Department of Transportation engaged in roadway safety infrastructure. This scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for new engineers employed by a public agency who specialize in work zone safety and temporary traffic control.  

Individuals meeting all of the following criteria are eligible to apply for the Marty Weed Engineering Scholarship: 

  • Employed by a public agency (city, county, state or federal) as an engineer or P.E. at the time the application is submitted and 

  • Have a maximum of seven years of work experience and 

  • Specialize or have a strong interest in work zone safety and temporary traffic control. 

Everyone employed by a city, county, state or federal agency is encouraged to apply for a Public Agency Scholarship. Preference is given based on the following criteria, which are not listed in rank order: 

  • Active Public Agency membership (either Firm or Individual) 

  • Previous recipient of an ATSSA scholarship 

  • "Key decision makers" for the agency 

  • Public agency officials employed in traffic safety/safety/work zones 

  • Public agency officials committed to attending all four days of ATSSA’s Convention & Traffic Expo, Feb. 2-6. (Scholarship recipients are required to participate in all Convention activities beginning at 8 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 4 through 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6. Those who are members of ATSSA technical committees are encouraged to participate Saturday, Feb. 3. ATSS Foundation events are held on Friday, Feb. 2.) 

Scholarship applications are due by July 21. Applicants will be notified starting Aug. 7. Anyone who qualifies for but is not awarded one of the two Marty Weed Engineering Scholarships will automatically be considered for a Public Agency Scholarship. 

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