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

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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

FHWA seeks ideas for Every Day Counts-5 (EDC-5)
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FHWA seeks ideas for Every Day Counts-5 (EDC-5)

Initiative fast tracks deployment of selected innovations to advance state highways

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is currently seeking innovations and processes for the fifth round of Every Day Counts (EDC-5) from 2019 to 2020.
Ideas submitted by Jan. 18, 2018, have the potential to transform the way the highway transportation community does business by enhancing roadway safety, shortening project delivery time, reducing traffic congestion, and/or improving environmental sustainability. The information also may assist FHWA in identifying proven, market-ready innovations for potential deployment through the EDC-5.

'What if you had an idea or saw an innovation that could save lives? What if research showed this innovation reduced roadway crashes from 19 to almost 50 percent? What if you wanted everyone to benefit? What if? That’s exactly what Every Day Counts did with the innovative road reconfiguration affectionately known as Road Diets. Now it's time to hear about your next ‘What ifs,’” stated Thomas Harman, FHWA Director, Center for Accelerating Innovation.

The EDC program already has advanced five safety innovations into widespread practice over the first three rounds of the program: Data-Driven Safety Analysis; High Friction Surface Treatment; Intersection and Interchange Geometrics; Road Diets; Safety Edge; and currently is promoting Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP), under EDC-4.

Responses should be submitted by electronic mail to EDC-5suggestions@dot.gov by Jan. 18, 2018. For ease of submittal, this PDF form may be used.

The FHWA also is gathering ideas and feedback on the Innovations of Interest, identified in its early stakeholder engagement, which includes several safety innovations: Rural Road Traffic Safety, STEP-2.0 – Improving Pedestrian Crossings, and others.

More information on EDC-5 idea submissions and submissions for Innovations of Interest can be found here.

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