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 leadership attends presidential candidate forum on infrastructure

ATSSA leadership attends presidential candidate forum on infrastructure

ATSSA Board Chair Greg Driskell, pictured in center, Past Chair Juan Arvizu, left, and Government Relations Vice President Nathan Smith were in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 16 for the “Moving America Forward” presidential candidate forum aimed at raising the profile of the nation’s infrastructure needs.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and businessman Tom Steyer, all candidates for the Democrat ticket, took part in the event, moderated by The Wall Street Journal and held on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

United for Infrastructure organized the program with groups that build, maintain, operate, and administer America’s infrastructure systems hosting it. The forum was live streamed on

Candidates have been in Nevada ahead of the Democrats’ caucus, which takes place on Saturday, Feb 22.

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