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

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‘Marketing and Partnerships to Create Safer Streets’ webinar Dec. 6

Registration open for final session of ATSSA’s Worker Safety Webinar series

Helping achieve the industry goal of zero deaths on the nation’s roadways involves educating a range of groups from prospective partners to the general public.

Register now for the fifth and final session of ATSSA’s free Worker Safety Webinar series to gain skills to help you present your case. The Dec. 6 webinar starts at 2 p.m.

Sharing Safety: Marketing and Partnerships to Create Safer Streets” will be led by Alex Kelly, CEO of SALT and Company, and a member of ATSSA’s Roadway Worker Protection Council. Participants will learn how to tell compelling stories about the work they are doing and leverage partnerships to increase awareness of roadway workers and the work they are doing and goals they seek to achieve. 

The Worker Safety Webinars are hosted by ATSSA’s Training Department and the Roadway Worker Protection Council, both of which prioritize worker safety.

Recordings of all webinars are available for viewing. Below are the four prior topics and links to the recordings.

  • Road Safety 101 (Nov. 9, 2021) - This webinar provided an overview of current safety trends, technology and innovations changing the road safety world. Participants heard what is happening in the larger transportation industry (ex. autonomous vehicles, Vision Zero programming, micromobility) to inform scope and identify partnership opportunities. Watch the recording.
  • Effective Incident Response (March 2, 2022) - This webinar provided proactive ways to prepare for incident response, integrating critical safety planning into operations for effective and efficient management in stressful situations. The webinar walks through what to do, but also addresses how and why to do it effectively. Watch the recording and download the PowerPoint slides and Effective Incident Response checklist.
  • Safety Supports (June 7, 2022) - While no one wants to plan for a safety incident, it can and will happen. Learn how to support your team effectively and move through the process with grace and tact. Watch the recording.
  • Creating a Safety Culture (Sept. 13, 2022) - Learn how to create a strong safety culture within their organization. This webinar will discuss blending industry best practices and behavioral psychology that support behavior change within organizations. Watch the recording
  • Sharing Safety: Marketing and Partnerships to Create Safer Streets. (Dec. 6, 2022) A recording will be available a few days after the webinar. Check here for the link to the recording.

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.

Register now for the free Dec. 6 webinar, which starts at 2 p.m. ET and runs for one hour.

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