Pavement Marking

Pavement Marking

Pavement Marking

In a report developed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), it was recommended that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) establish plans to “better manage” initiatives and efforts related to Connected Automated Vehicles (CAVs). GAO officials state within the report, which was released in November 2017, that their reasoning behind the research efforts are based on the potential promise of CAVs to provide transformative safety and mobility benefits, but these benefits also will come with a set of safety and infrastructure challenges for policymakers.


While it also was noted that other components such as urban versus rural settings and local ownership of roadways will play a hand in infrastructure adaptations, many experts in automation and infrastructure back up the report’s claims, and assert that consistent and proper maintenance of the current roadway system is of the upmost importance for conventional and AV motorists — especially when it comes to pavement markings.


ATSSA has a dedicated group of members on its Pavement Marking Committee (member login required), who are working to assert the proper maintenance of pavement marking and advance technologies being developed to help increase safety benefits and accommodation of CAVs. The committee has developed a list of policies and continues to work toward advancing the collaboration between the roadway safety industry and automakers as America progresses toward an automated future.

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ATSSA reacts to USDOT release of National Roadway Safety Strategy

The National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS) unveiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on Thursday focuses on moving the U.S. towards zero roadway deaths by taking a safe systems approach that includes six central themes.

The themes laid out are that: deaths and serious injuries are unacceptable; human mistakes are inevitable; humans are vulnerable to injury and death; there is a shared responsibility for these incidents; safety can be and should be proactive; and redundancy is critical.

The strategy introduced by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also focuses on five issues:

  • Safer People
  • Safer Roads
  • Safer Vehicles
  • Safer Speeds
  • Post-Crash Care

 

Within the Safer Roads component, USDOT recommends completing the current rulemaking for the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), fully utilizing safety programs like the $16.8 billion Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and new Safe Streets for All competitive grant program within the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), implementing a complete streets initiative, improving performance measures and state strategic highway safety plans, and highlighting the Transportation Performance Management Dashboard.

The plan also indicates a need to protect vulnerable road users, including roadway constructions workers.

ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner issued a statement reacting to the new national safety strategy.

“ATSSA applauds Secretary Buttigieg on the release of the first National Roadway Safety Strategy, especially with its call for the enhanced protection of roadway construction workers. Shining a brighter spotlight on the need to dramatically reduce roadway fatalities is critically necessary,” Tetschner said. “As the first national non-governmental organization to adopt a toward zero deaths strategy, ATSSA looks forward to continuing to work with USDOT and state and local public agencies to realize a future where there are zero fatalities and serious injuries.”

“USDOT can make a significant impact by expediently releasing the final MUTCD rule and fully implementing the historic safety provisions and investments found within the IIJA,” Tetschner added. “At ATSSA, we know that safer roads save lives, and by bringing all stakeholders to the table, we know that we can move toward zero deaths on our roadways.”

New guidance on the HSIP is expected to be issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) next week.

The full text of the 42-page National Roadway Safety Strategy is available online.

ATSSA on the Hill is written by Vice President of Engagement Nate Smith. To reach Nate, nathan.smith@atssa.com.

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