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ATSSA’s 2022 Annual Report now available

ATSSA’s Annual Report for 2022 is now available online and details the ways the Association spent the year “Connecting & Collaborating” to advance roadway safety.

The report recalls the highlights of a year in which the roadway safety infrastructure industry reunited in Tampa, Fla., for ATSSA’s 52nd Annual Convention & Traffic Expo after a pause on an in-person event.

The connections made and advanced there helped carry members through the challenges of inflation and supply chains, proving the benefit of networking at this annual event. Collaboration continued throughout the year as members held events to mark National Work Zone Awareness Week in April and gathered in the nation’s capital in June to take the roadway safety message directly to federal legislators during the Legislative Briefing & Fly-In. The Midyear Meeting in Rhode Island in August provided another opportunity to connect and collaborate on solving industry issues. And throughout 2022, ATSSA’s 28 chapters gathered for 83 meetings and events.

ATSSA staff and members collaborated on topics such as the flicker rate, raw materials shortage, the future of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), training requirements, flagging procedures, vulnerable road users and the final rule for pavement marking retroreflectivity.

ATSSA also nurtured relationships in statehouses across the country, interacting with state legislators, lieutenant governors and governors. In addition, the Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA)—a coalition that promotes standardized protocols for vehicles using 5G communications—and collaborated on the Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) and with groups such as the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

ATSSA updated its Guardrail Installation Technician course in 2022, streamlined its process for students to get their flagger cards and in May launched two new Traffic Signals courses. ATSSA also began helping members navigate the arena of legal liability.

The message of ATSSA and The ATSS Foundation continued spreading through display of the National Work Zone Memorial at 13 sites across the nation, reaching more than 8,650 people. Plus, The Foundation continued supporting the sons and daughters of industry members permanently disabled or killed in work zones by providing Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarships, and in April partnered with Work Zone Safe to launch a national Teen Driver Program that focuses on equipping new drivers to safely navigate work zones.

Check out all of the details in ATSSA’s 2022 Annual Report: Connecting & Collaborating.

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