Innovation

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

NPRO

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.



Resources

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ATSSA commends release of highway bill principles; awaits details on plan

House Democrats propose $760 billion funding for infrastructure investments

On Wednesday, House Democrats unveiled a $760 billion proposal to fund infrastructure investments over the next five years. ATSSA commends moving the process of highway bill reauthorization forward and looks forward to working with the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on crafting the details of the plan on a bi-partisan basis.

The framework outlines major investments, including those in surface transportation, rail and transit systems, airports, ports and harbors, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, brownfields, and broadband. Additionally, this proposal is estimated to create more than 10 million jobs.

The proposal calls for investments in roadway safety infrastructure through the Highway Safety Improvement Program, a focus on rural road safety, ensuring that construction work zones are part of the conversation when discussing connected and automated vehicles, and creating a national Vision Zero strategy, among other safety priorities.

“ATSSA supports moving the process forward so that we can enact a long-term, fully-funded, safety-focused highway bill into law. We look forward to working with the committee on a bi-partisan basis to get this critical legislation finalized so that we can continue the work of saving the lives of thousands of men, women and children on U.S. roadways,” ATSSA Vice President of Government Relations Nathan Smith said.

The framework, which is not a formal bill at this stage, does not yet spell out proposals for how to pay for the investments in infrastructure like highways, rail, airports and expanding broadband access. Congress typically enacts this type of plan every four or five years.

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