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.





FHWA announces innovations in EDC-5 “On-Ramp to Innovation” program
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FHWA announces innovations in EDC-5 “On-Ramp to Innovation” program

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced the innovations selected for the Every Day Counts (EDC)-5 “On-Ramp to Innovation” program.

The two-year program, which will run 2019-2020, provides training and technical support to state departments of transportation (DOTs), local governments, and private partners to foster roadway innovation at the state level.

FHWA met with stakeholders to develop and finalize the innovation ideas, which had to be market-ready, proven, and underutilized. The following innovations were selected for EDC-5:

Advanced Geotechnical Exploration Methods

Collaborative Hydraulics: Advancing to the Next Generation of Engineering (CHANGE)

Reducing Rural Roadway Departures

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Use of Crowdsourcing to Advance Operations

Value Capture: Capitalizing on the Value Created by Transportation

Virtual Public Involvement

Weather-Responsive Management Strategies

As part of the program, FHWA has pulled together a team of subject matter experts for deployment teams that will work to educate, train, and support participants in implementing the innovations at the state level. These teams provide around $1 million in support per round to program participants.

FHWA has set five Regional Summits across the United States for this fall, where those state DOTs, local governments, and private industry partners will come together and learn about the EDC program and selected innovations for this latest round.

EDC-5 Summit locations:

Baltimore, Maryland – October 18-19, 2018
Albany, New York – October 24-25, 2018
St. Louis, Missouri – October 29-30, 2018
Portland, Oregon – November 8-9, 2018
Orlando, Florida – November 27-28, 2018

Learn more about EDC-5 at

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