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 CEO thanks House members for their leadership in infrastructure vote

Tetschner commends all in Congress for acting to make America’s roads safer

ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner issued the following statement today after President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law.

“With the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) now signed into law, it is important to recognize the members of Congress that stepped up for our country and did the job we asked them to do.

“The IIJA is a bipartisan success story, which is something that has become a rare sight on Capitol Hill. However, despite this legislation having support on both sides of the aisle, other members of Congress have taken the opportunity to attack those that stood up and voted to pass this legislation. I specifically want to acknowledge 13 Republican members of the House of Representatives.

“The following 13 members put the needs of their constituents first and their leadership will save lives. Since their votes, they have received calls for removal from their committee assignments from their colleagues and some have even received phone calls with death threats to their office:

  • Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.)
  • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.)
  • Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.)
  • Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.)
  • Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.)
  • Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.)
  • Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.)
  • Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio)
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)
  • Rep Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.)
  • Rep Chris Smith (R-N.J.)
  • Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
  • Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)


“There are many others, from both parties, who deserve praise for their determination to push this bill across the line. ATSSA commends all of these members for doing the right thing and voting to make America’s roads safer.”

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