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 joins effort asking Congress to amend ARP to release relief funds

Groups seek ability to use allocated funds for transportation projects

ATSSA joined the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and 26 other groups asking leaders in the House and Senate to pass legislation that would amend the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

The groups sent a letter on Tuesday asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to act on legislation (S. 3011 and H.R. 5735) that would give states and localities greater flexibility to use a larger portion of ARP funds needed for transportation projects.

“The American Rescue Plan (ARP) provided states and localities with $350 billion in relief funds and $10 billion in capital improvement assistance at a time of critical need. The COVID-19 pandemic ripped a gaping hole in the budgets of many state and local governments, making this assistance crucial as the nation’s economic recovery continues,” the letter states.

It goes on to explain that more than $100 billion remains unobligated and yet “the funds lack the flexibility necessary for states and localities to address ongoing transportation needs.”

The legislation, which unanimously passed in the Senate and has 150 co-sponsors in the House, would “not increase costs to the federal government or the deficit and does not mandate state or local governments change their plans or priorities,” the letter notes.

Congressional leaders are asked to add the legislation to the FY 2022 Omnibus Appropriations package.

Following is the list of groups that signed the letter.

  • American Road & Transportation Builders Association
  • National League of Cities
  • Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations 
  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
  • American Public Transportation Association
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • National Association of Development Organizations
  • Associated Equipment Distributors 
  • American Subcontractors Association
  • American Highway Users Alliance
  • Government Finance Officers Association
  • Design-Build Institute of America 
  • National Association of Surety Bond Producers
  • National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association 
  • American Traffic Safety Services Association 
  • American Public Works Association
  • American Concrete Pipe Association 
  • National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • Institute of Makers of Explosives
  • National Association of County Engineers
  • American Concrete Pavement Association
  • American Foundry Society
  • National Association of Regional Councils Portland Cement Association
  • American Council of Engineering Companies
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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