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

ATSSA honors Capito as Roadway Safety Champion

Award recognizes West Virginia Senator’s leadership on safety policies

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (June 15, 2022) – ATSSA honored Sen. Shelley Moore Capito with the Roadway Safety Champion award during the Association’s Legislative Briefing & Fly-In held this week in the nation’s capital.

ATSSA Board Member Tim McNelis, ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner, ATSSA Board Chair Jeff Johnson and ATSSA Vice President of Engagement Nate Smith presented the award to Capito in her Capitol Hill office.

Capito, a Republican and the junior senator from West Virginia, has served in the U.S. Senate since 2015. Before that, she served for 14 years in the House of Representatives, representing West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.

ATSSA recognized Capito, the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), for her leadership on roadway safety funding and rural infrastructure issues during committee negotiations for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which became law in November.

“Sen. Capito’s work on the IIJA will reap roadway safety benefits for Americans for many years,” ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner said. “Her leadership on the Senate EPW Committee played a significant role in seeing this historic measure pass in the U.S. Senate and then move on for the president’s signature. We applaud her for recognizing the importance of funding for roadway safety projects on all roads and on rural roadways, which face unique safety challenges.”

The Roadway Safety Champion is awarded to legislators who show leadership on roadway safety policies and help raise awareness of the importance of roadway safety. ATSSA began recognizing legislators more than a decade ago but does not automatically honor someone every year. The person must have taken actions that warrant recognition by the roadway safety infrastructure industry.

ATSSA’s Legislative Briefing & Fly-In was held on Monday and Tuesday with more than 50 people taking part. Members represented 17 states plus Washington, D.C. They received a policy briefing on Monday and visited the Capitol Hill offices of their representatives and senators on Tuesday.

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Photo caption: From left, ATSSA Board Member Tim McNelis, ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner, ATSSA Board Chair Jeff Johnson and ATSSA Vice President of Engagement Nate Smith present the Roadway Safety Champion award to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, (R-W.Va.), center, in her Capitol Hill office on June 14, 2022.

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