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 Town Hall on infrastructure package set for Nov. 18

ATSSA will host a Town Hall next Thursday to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure package recently approved by both houses of Congress.

The Town Hall will be led by ATSSA Vice President of Engagement Nate Smith and answer the question: What does it mean for ATSSA members?

Smith, who leads ATSSA's Government Relations Team from its office on Capitol Hill, will provide a briefing on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), explain what it means for ATSSA members and provide information on how it is expected to impact roadway safety over the next five years.

The Senate approved the IIJA in August and the House of Representatives approved it late Friday. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the legislation on Monday.

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure package represents the largest investment in America’s roads and infrastructure since President Dwight Eisenhower, with $304 billion marked for roads, bridges and safety. Within that $304 billion, more than $22 billion is allocated for roadway safety infrastructure, including a significant increase to the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) over the funding levels in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

Register now for next Thursday’s 2 p.m. ET event, which is free to all ATSSA members.

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