Temporary Traffic Control

Temporary Traffic Control


Roadway crashes are a result of three primary contributing factors: human behavior, the roadway itself and the vehicle. A combination of any or all of these factors may lead to a crash or increase the severity of a crash. However, research proves that the greatest potential to improve roadway safety is by a comprehensive approach that includes enforcement, education, emergency response and engineering infrastructure safety countermeasures.

Engineering countermeasures are roadway and infrastructure improvements implemented directly to the roadway network. Countermeasures (also known as strategies) include rumble strips, highly reflective signs and pavement markings, roadside hardware devices (guardrail and cable median barrier), traffic control devices and other geometric improvements. These strategies can actually mitigate against behavior-related crashes by alerting drivers of an upcoming change in the driving environment that requires action or by providing positive guidance to prevent a collision. Countermeasures can minimize the consequences of a driver action that causes a vehicle to depart the roadway or collide with another conflicting vehicle.

ATSSA's Temporary Traffic Control Committee (member login required) works to promote the significance of these temporary traffic control devices and how they impact the roadway safety industry. Committee members focus on federal advocacy, work with ATSSA chapters and members to develop and deliver government relations services and provide general education on roadway safety infrastructure. The committee also fosters knowledge exchange at all ATSSA venues and works to increase the number of members and/or companies participating in ATSSA programs and events.



ATSSA expanding its Master Instructor team

Experience and expertise in subject matter are keys to success

ATSSA is known as the industry leader for roadway safety instruction and is looking to expand its team of master instructors.

With a continued emphasis on delivering top-notch training, ATSSA has opened the application process and is looking for individuals with experience in the roadway safety industry and who love to teach and share their expertise. A degree in civil engineering or equivalent experience or education as determined by ATSSA is needed as well as a flexible schedule and willingness to travel to deliver in-person courses.

“Our instructors are at the heart of our roadway safety mission and we are looking for a handful of exceptional individuals to join our team," said ATSSA Vice President of Education & Technical Services.

Applications are due by June 30. Anyone interested in applying should complete the Master Instructor Application and submit a resume to masterinstructor@atssa.com.

Successful applicants will have the following skills:

  • A civil engineering degree or equivalent experience or education as determined by ATSSA.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in intended course topic(s).
  • Demonstrated teaching experience.
  • A passing score of 90% or greater in the courses intending to teach.
  • Certification in the courses intending to teach, as applicable.
  • A flexible schedule that allows for a minimum of 10 days of instruction per month.
  • A willingness to travel and teach in both in-person and virtual environments.


For additional information, review the Ideal ATSSA Master Instructor Candidate Profile and the ATSSA Instructor Code of Ethics. Submit questions to masterinstructor@atssa.com.

“We encourage skilled members of the roadway safety industry to join our team and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they are helping save lives on the nation’s roadways,” Clark said.

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