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.


ATSSA awards Sen. Inhofe as Roadway Safety Champion

ATSSA awards Sen. Inhofe as Roadway Safety Champion

(Washington, D.C.) – The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) presented its prestigious Roadway Safety Champion Award to Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). Inhofe was awarded May 3, during the first day of ATSSA's Legislative Briefing and Fly-In, which Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) also attended.

"ATSSA's approximately 1,500 members applaud Sen. Inhofe's steadfast leadership in ensuring that roadways in the United States are as safe as possible," ATSSA President and CEO, Roger A. Wentz, said.

Inhofe, a former chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee and current senior member of the committee, has been a longtime leader on roadway safety infrastructure issues.

"ATSSA leads the nation in roadway safety and I am honored to receive this recognition,” Sen. Inhofe said. “Roadway safety is critically important and one of my top priorities as a leader on the Environment and Public Works committee. As Congress gears up for its next infrastructure initiative, I remain committed to working with my colleagues on this bipartisan issue."

Additionally, Inhofe's work on the last three surface transportation bills have been transformative for the safety of all roadway users.

"Sen. Inhofe's perseverance in moving forward a long-term highway bill - the FAST Act - was crucial in ensuring that roadway safety infrastructure projects are being deployed throughout the country. Lives are being saved today because of the legislation spearheaded by Sen. Inhofe," ATSSA Vice President of Government Relations, Nate Inhofe AwardSmith, said.

ATSSA Chair Debra Ricker presents Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) with the Roadway Safety Champion Award during the first day of the association’s Legislative Briefing and Fly-In on May 3 in Washington, D.C.

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