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 & TRB announce 2020 Traffic Control Device Student Challenge

Challenges offers opportunity for students to innovate for the future of roadway safety

The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (AHB50) have launched the 2020 Traffic Control Device (TCD) Student Challenge.

The TCD Student Challenge promotes innovation and stimulates ideas in the traffic control devices industry from future generations of roadway safety professionals. As part of the challenges, individuals or student teams submit solutions in the subject area of transportation and roadway safety, based on the chosen topic for the year.

This year’s topic is “Innovations for improving Work Zone Safety for Connected and Automated Vehicles.”

The TCD Student Challenge is open to high school, junior college, college, or university students or teams of students. All that is required in terms of technical expertise is an interest in transportation and safety, along with an understanding of traffic control devices.

“The TCD Student Challenge is a great way for students to learn more about transportation and use their creativity to come up with innovative solutions for roadway safety challenges that have the potential to save lives. Last year we had our first high school student team participate – they placed third – and we’re hoping to have additional high school teams submit innovations this year as well,” said ATSSA’s Director of New Programs Brian Watson.

The submittals encourage innovation and creative thought in the transportation community. Three winning teams will win a cash prize and have the opportunity to present their submissions at ATSSA’s 50th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 1, 2019. To learn more about the challenge, visit

To learn more about the 2019 winners, visit

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