Guardrail and Barriers

Guardrail and Barriers

 

Guardrail

Roadway departure (RwD) crashes account for more than 50 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities. There are a number of reasons a driver may leave the travel lane (e.g., an avoidance maneuver, inattention or fatigue, or traveling too fast for weather or geometric conditions). Over the past few decades, different engineering countermeasures have been proposed, implemented, and tested by various state and local agencies to mitigate RwD crashes. Improving median or roadside barrier design is one of the most effective countermeasures available to reduce RwD fatal crashes.

 

These devices suffered damage to their reputation as life savers because of some isolated unfortunate incidents, however the safety benefits beyond any doubt have been proven by numerous research studies. At this juncture, the life-saving qualities of roadside guardrails and median barriers need to be underscored.

 

ATSSA has a committee dedicated to the advancement of guardrails. The association’s Guardrail Committee (member login required) works to preserve funding through the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), a federal program which dedicates funds to infrastructure safety, promote a fully funded Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and other funding opportunities, work with ATSSA chapters and members to develop and deliver government relations services at the state level, and encourage members to utilize these services, and educate the administration on roadway safety infrastructure.

Resources

FCC votes unanimously to redistribute a portion of the safety spectrum

ATSSA and other roadway safety advocates opposed changes to 5.9 GHz band

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously today to reallocate more than half of the 5.9GHz spectrum band—known as the “safety spectrum”—to unlicensed uses including WiFi.

The new rules adopted today make the lower 45 megahertz of the spectrum available for unlicensed uses. They require Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) licensees to stop using this portion of the spectrum within a year.

ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner called the action "a major blow to the roadway safety community and public safety in general."

ATSSA holding Town Hall on the election’s impact on roadway safety

Register now for Tuesday’s live online event

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Join ATSSA Vice President of Government Relations Nate Smith on Tuesday for a Town Hall addressing the impact of the state and federal elections on roadway safety.

Smith will discuss how the Nov. 3 election results will influence roadway safety policies and priorities in 2021 and for years to come, including the question of how our nation continues to respond to COVID-19.

Register now for this online event held Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST.

ATSSA offers special registration rate for public agency officials

Take advantage of 2021 all-access rate for Convention & Traffic Expo

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ATSSA is offering a special registration rate for public agency officials to attend its 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, which will be held over two weeks in February.

The special rate of $49 gives public agency officials access to all aspects of this fully virtual event that runs from Feb. 8-12 and 16-18. Registration includes all education breakouts, general sessions, technical committee meetings, networking events, the Circle of Innovation, and Traffic Expo.

ATSSA’s Annual Convention & Traffic Expo is the premier roadway safety event in North America. It is where industry professionals gather to make vital connections.

Got an innovative product?

Apply now to compete for an Innovation Award and appear in the New Products Listing

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Think you’ve got the goods to wow the judges at the New Products Rollout? Here’s your chance.

Applications are now open for members wanting to enter their innovations in the New Products Rollout at the 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo. Products released after Jan. 1, 2020 to qualify. All new innovations will be accepted for the New Product Listing, but only 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, which will be held virtually in Feb 8-12 and 16-18.

“The New Products Rollout offers members the opportunity to get their creative ideas to roadway safety issues in front of thousands of people who take part in ATSSA’s Convention & Traffic Expo,” said ATSSA Director of Innovation & Technical Services Eric Perry. “The exposure provided by this event is unparalleled.”

Election Update: Three key congressional leaders on transportation & infrastructure issues reelected

State ballot measures pass in Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Virginia

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As ballots continue to be counted across the country, a number of tightly contested congressional races that the ATSSA Government Relations Team has been tracking, have been declared winners.

Among them was House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D) fended off a challenge from political newcomer Alex Skarlatos to win Oregon’s 4th District.

Transportation-related statewide ballot initiatives that ATSSA is tracking passed in four states.

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