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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

Roadway Safety Spring Issue and Convention Extra now online

Explore Ohio’s smart mobility corridor and relive highlights of the 2022 Convention in Tampa

The Spring Issue of Roadway Safety magazine is online now and explores Ohio’s Smart Mobility Corridor along Interstate 33 between Dublin and East Liberty.

This 35-mile stretch of roadway in Northeast Ohio is a living laboratory where multiple organizations are testing automated and connected vehicle technology including ways to protect pedestrians. The project is a partnership between private industry and government entities as well as residents in those communities who participate as they go about everyday tasks including commuting to work.

Honda Research Institute USA is one of those partners and Chief Engineer Sue Bai has dubbed it “the world’s most connected highway.”

Check out all the details of this innovative project as well as other features in the Spring Issue including:

  • Progress of the Roadway Worker Protection Council
  • Groundwork for the Women in Roadway Safety Council
  • CV2X efforts in Georgia
  • Work Zone Data Exchange advances.

Convention Extra is also online and provides a commemorative of the 2022 Convention & Traffic Expo in Tampa, Fla.

Relive the fun of this roadway safety reunion, find out if we captured you in one of the many photos and celebrate the winners of national awards.

Check out photos from the 30th Annual Golf Classic Tournament and the 9th Annual Sporting Clays event and learn more about two of The ATSS Foundation’s Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship recipients and their families.

Plus, discover how many countries were represented at this year’s Convention.

Then start planning for the 2023 Convention & Traffic Expo, Feb. 17-21 in Phoenix—where roadway safety and innovation intersect.

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