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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ATSSA develops new work zone safety publications under FHWA's Work Zone Safety Grant Program

ATSSA recently developed three work zone safety publications under the Work Zone Safety Grant Program, which were approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The documents, which include one with a Spanish version, address pedestrian safety and accommodation as well as portable temporary rumble strips application (PTRS) in work zones. 

Each of the publications is available on within the Work Zone Safety Grant Guidance Documents.

  1. Updated Pedestrians Checklist and Considerations for Temporary Traffic Control Zonessummarizes existing resources and provides work zone pedestrian access considerations for the planning, design and construction phases of a project. The detailed checklist helps determine and accommodate requirements of pedestrians in work zones, including specific Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for pedestrian routes. This document is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Everyone is a Pedestrian: For a Safe Path Through Work Zones – Don’t Miss Your Cues provides safety tips and cues for pedestrians to follow while walking through work zones.
  3.  “State Examples for the Application of Portable Temporary Rumble Strips (PTRS) in work zones details implementation and noteworthy practices for PTRS in work zones per the requirements of departments of transportation (DOTs) in California, Missouri and Virginia. The document covers the application of PTRS in work zones, especially during flagging operations. It also provides a requirements comparison across the three featured DOTs.


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