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.





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Nation's first secretary of transportation has died

Alan S. Boyd served in the 1960s

Boyd, left, served under President Lyndon Johnson. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Transportation)

Alan S. Boyd, the first person to serve as U.S. Transportation Secretary, died on Sunday at age 98, Eno Center for Transportation reported today.

Boyd served as cabinet secretary from 1967-1969 in the administration of President Lyndon Johnson. According to Eno, he was a Florida native and the great-grandson of another transportation icon, John G. Stephenson, who invented the streetcar.

Boyd was linked to another form of transportation during World War II when he flew a C-47 for the Army Air Corps and dropped paratroopers in the D-Day invasion, according to the report. He received a law degree from the University of Virginia before moving into the transportation arena.

His experience also included work with roads and railroads. The U.S. DOT offers a history of the founding of the department.

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