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 to address challenges state DOTs face with bid specification enforcement

Bid Specification Enforcement Open Forum will be held at 49th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo

During ATSSA’s 49th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo in Tampa, Florida, Feb. 8-12, the association will hold an open forum on bid specification enforcement.

Bid specifications are written by state departments of transportation (DOTs) for roadway projects outlining the required components of the project, which contractors use to bid on completing the projects.

According to ATSSA Vice President of Member Services Donna Clark, in some instances subcontractors don’t adhere fully to these specifications. This leads to issues with safety and the performance of the roadway safety product as intended.

“Following the completion of any roadway project, inspectors for the state DOT are to inspect the project and ensure that all of the specifications in the bid were followed. Unfortunately, some state DOTs are facing challenges when it comes to enforcing these inspections and specifications, and the goal of this forum is to support them and identify how ATSSA can help them overcome these challenges,” said Clark.

As part of the forum, participants will explore these challenges, whether they be manpower, budgetary constraints, or related issues.

Not enforcing these bid specifications can lead to safety issues for roadway users, and lead to cost overruns on the project for the state DOT, because they may need to redo the project immediately or earlier than anticipated, said ATSSA Senior Technical Advisor Eric Perry.

During the forum, ATSSA will highlight DOTs that enforce bid specifications consistently, and have them share their experiences with inspection and enforcement.

“This will be an ongoing discussion, and we hope either at this forum or at a future event to outline solutions to this issue. It’s all about evening the playing field for all contractors, and ensuring that roadway safety products are being installed correctly, with the ultimate goal of advancing roadway safety,” said Clark.

The forum will take place at the 49th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information on the forum or the 49th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, visit

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