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.



Roadway safety highlighted in construction festival on National Mall

ATSSA joining effort to showcase the tools that build U.S. infrastructure

ATSSA will be on the National Mall alongside others engaged in construction of our nation’s infrastructure May 14-16.

Join thousands on Mother’s Day for the kickoff of the Celebration of Construction on the National Mall.  Bring the kids to see the construction vehicles spread across the area between the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument.

ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner will be a panelist for a discussion on job site and roadway safety. 

This free event provides an opportunity for individuals, families, government officials and policy makers to see the equipment and technology responsible for the country’s building and transportation sectors. The event also provides a chance to learn about careers in these industries.

Joining ATSSA will be experts from companies such as Bobcat, Bridgestone, Caterpillar, John Deere, Komatsu, Kubota and Tractor Corp.

Several ATSSA member companies are helping showcase the role of roadway safety, including Hill & Smith, Horizon Signal Technologies, Impact Recovery Systems, Korman Signs, Swarco and Ver-Mac.

Exhibits are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Access the event via the Smithsonian Metro station.

The third week in May is also United for Infrastructure Week, a time to raise awareness of the critical role infrastructure plays in communities across the country as well as the importance for public safety of a robust transportation network.

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