Innovation

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

NPRO

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

Midyear Meeting starts Tuesday in Rhode Island

General session will address ongoing supply chain challenges

ATSSA’s Midyear Meeting kicks off on Tuesday, launching the annual collaboration of industry insiders gathered to address the latest innovations and challenges in the roadway safety infrastructure industry.

This year’s event takes place in Providence, R.I., where Wednesday’s agenda includes a panel discussion on workforce, materials and supply chain issues.

“Construction and transportation industry challenges – potholes on the industry highway” will be moderated by ATSSA Vice President of Engagement Nate Smith. Panelists include Kate Fox Wood, senior director of government relations with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Jonathan Starks of FTR, who is a longtime member of the freight industry, and Sterling Wiggins with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The 1-hour session starts at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and will focus on the state of affairs across the construction and transportation industries and what the path forward may look like.

Registration is still open for the Midyear Meeting, which runs through Friday.

This year’s event takes place at the Omni Providence Hotel. An ATSS Foundation fundraiser on Wednesday evening is hosted by the New England ATSSA Chapter and will be held at the historic Squantum Association, where participants will enjoy a classic New England style dinner and entertainment by Stone Shakers, winner of ATSSA’s Battle of the Bands contest.

More than 350 participants are expected for Midyear, which is held to advance roadway safety through a laser-like focus on key areas facing the industry. The four-day schedule includes council and committee meetings to address each area of the industry from pavement markings to guardrails, signs, signals, safety, innovations, temporary traffic control, high friction surface treatment, strategic highway safety plans, work zone intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and government relations. Plus, the newest councils—Roadway Worker Protection and Women in Roadway Safety—will continue making headway on their missions.

Join the action at this year’s Midyear Meeting and add the 2023 meeting to your calendar now. The 2023 Midyear Meeting will be held Aug. 15-18 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel.

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