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.



Tune in Saturday to hear ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner on Transport Topics Radio

Program airs at 1 p.m. on SiriusXM and will be re-broadcast through the weekend

Tune in this weekend to hear ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner on Transport Topics Radio.

He’ll be talking roadway safety with host Dan Ronan, who chats weekly with industry experts from government, business, logistics and other sectors of the transportation industry.

The weekly program airs on SiriusXM Channel 146 on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. ET. It’s rebroadcast three times each weekend (times listed are Eastern Time):

• Saturday from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Sunday

• Sunday - noon-2 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.

Transport Topics Radio reports this weekend’s program will include:

  • ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner discussing what his group is doing to make the highways and roads safer, especially in work zones.
  • American Trucking Association Chairman Randy Guillot on tort reform in Louisiana.
  • Transport Topics Government Reporter Eleanor Lamb on local and state government actions to speed critical road repair projects during the pandemic.
  • Georgia State University Director of the Economic Forecasting Center Rajeev Dhawan on the U.S. economy and challenges related to COVID-19.

Tetschner is expected to speak during the third slot, which airs from 2-2:30 p.m. during Saturday's initial broadcast.

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