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

Maria Robertson
/ Categories: ATSSA, Roadway, Transportation

‘Effective Incident Response’ webinar set for March 22

Registration is open for ATSSA’s second Worker Safety Webinar

Prepare for effective incident response by attending the free March 22 Worker Safety Webinar hosted by the ATSSA Training Department and its Roadway Worker Protection Council.

This is the second in a series of five webinars, all of which are free and focus on learning ways to protect roadway workers.

“The goal of these webinars is to help our members protect their employees and to help prepare them in case a work zone incident occurs,” said ATSSA Vice President of Education and Technical Services Donna Clark. “Obviously, we never want any roadway worker to get injured but we’ve learned it’s better to be prepared and not need the skills than to be unprepared if the worst happens.”

"Effective Incident Response" will be led by Alex Kelly, CEO of SALT and Company. The webinar will help participants prepare for incident response and integrate safety planning into their operations for effective and efficient management in stressful situations. The webinar will walk through what to do and how to do it effectively

Kelly, who will lead the entire Worker Safety Webinar series, directed Canada’s first Vision Zero Advocate Institute prior to starting her own firm.

Webinars run one hour and start at 2 p.m. ET.

Registration is now open.

The first webinar, “Road Safety 101,” was held in Nov. 9. A recording is available for anyone who missed it or would like to watch again. Road Safety 101 provides an overview of current safety trends, technology and innovations in roadway safety. It also will include a briefing on what is happening in the larger transportation industry on topics such as autonomous vehicles, Vision Zero programming and micro-mobility. The effort is to address the scope of the issue and identify partnership opportunities. 

Upcoming webinars include:

  • June 7 – Safety Supports
  • Sept. 13 – Creating a Safety Culture
  • Dec. 6 – Sharing Safety.

 

The Roadway Worker Protection Council evolved from a Roadway Worker Protection Summit held at ATSSA’s 2021 Convention & Traffic Expo. The Council’s first formal meeting was held during this year’s Convention & Traffic Expo in February.

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