Every year the largest traffic expo is the ATSSA Convention and this year in Phoenix Arizona will be no exception. This year's lineup is stacked with the leader's in everything traffic control related. See all the vendors that will be on the expo floor by clicking here. 

Make sure you check out "Saving Lives in Workzones with ITS" on Monday Feb 13th from 8:15AM-9:45AM in room 122 B with our president and founder Joe Jeffrey.

Sunday Feburary 12th 


+ Traffic Control Device Challenge for Students ATSSA Pavilion #437

This discussion regards the joint Transportation Research Board (TRB) / ATSSA nationwide challenge for high school, college and university students with an interest in transportation and an understanding of traffic control devices. The challenge was created to promote innovation and stimulate ideas regarding traffic control devices with a goal to improve safety on the nation’s roadways.


+ State Government Relations Program ATSSA Pavilion #437

ATSSA is developing a new state government relations program, which will help ATSSA members and chapters create relationships with state decision-makers. It will provide the tools necessary for ATSSA members to lobby and educate legislators at the state level. Learn about how you can become involved in this new, member-driven program.


+ Best Practices for Truck-Mounted Attenuator Application ATSSA Pavilion #437

This session will discuss best practices in the application of truck-mounted attenuators (TMA), including stationary and moving operations. TMA location, roll-ahead distance and driver safety will be covered. The application of TMAs during installation and removal of traffic control devices will also be presented.

Monday Feburary 13th 


+Open Forum Workshop to Explore Crash Data Analysis / Infrastructure Safety Connectivity with a Goal to Move Toward Zero Deaths Room 122 A

The Highway Safety Improvement Program serves as the primary catalyst for roadway safety infrastructure investments in the U.S. Under that program, departments of transportation are authorized to allocate nearly $12 billion in new spending for infrastructure safety improvements over the next five years. How and where these funds are invested will largely be determined through the development of “data-driven” Strategic Highway Safety Plans.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Safety recently completed two rulemaking processes designed to implement new data provisions. By improving the accuracy of crash location and casual data combined with more detailed geometric analytical tools, the result will be a better understanding of the behavioral and infrastructure factors that cause accidents. This increased understanding will also provide additional insights into which safety countermeasures provide the best opportunity to reduce crashes and save lives. Currently, the road safety data industry has no official forum that combines the joint disciplines of behavioral and infrastructure safety data analytics. This forum seeks to fill that gap, discussing agency needs and exchanging information with private sector providers. This is a significant effort to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our nation’s roadways. Interested private sector companies, state and local agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and nonprofit entities and educational institutions should email safetydataplanning@atssa.com to be placed on a distribution list for more information in the near future regarding this forum. Currently, ATSSA membership is not a requirement to join in the dialogue.

Or From 8:15AM-9:45AM 

+ Saving Lives in Work Zones with ITS Room 122 B

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) can reduce or completely eliminate rear-end collisions in work zones by reducing queuing, congestion and confusion. The systems give motorists information far upstream, away from the actual work. More advanced systems can provide motorists with up-to-the-minute travel times and other vital information, which relieves motorist frustration and uncertainty when traveling. ITS systems can even inform motorists to take alternate ramps or routes when there’s trouble or a delay ahead. This workshop will explore how some of these modern systems work and what innovations lie ahead.

+ Performance Pavement Systems for Work Zones Room 122 C

This session will describe North Carolina’s Performance Pavement Marking Systems for interstate and freeway work zones. The new “masking” application to conceal old pavement markings will be included. In addition, required durable pavement marking materials and retroreflectivity requirements will be discussed.

+ What States Need to Know About Autonomous Vehicles / Human Factors for Consideration for Automated / Autonomous Vehicles Room 124 A

A cross section of industry professionals will discuss what states need to know” about connected and automated vehicles and the human factors through the four levels of automation. Few states are out in the forefront of connected and automated vehicle technology, and many are falling behind the technology curve. The first portion of this session will help answer the question of what is necessary to be ready for the emerging technological changes. The second segment will discuss the four different levels of autonomous and semiautonomous vehicles and what human factors issues these levels mean for roadway safety.

+ The MASH Implementation Schedule Was Released...Now What? Room 124 B

The latest crash testing procedures for roadside safety hardware were originally published in 2009. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) document, the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH), introduced changes to the test vehicle, test conditions and evaluation criteria. Seven years later, in January 2016, the AASHTO/Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Joint Implementation Agreement was finalized and jumpstarted research and development. (MASH 2016 is nearing completion and is scheduled to be published soon.) The roadway safety industry is changing, and more roadside safety products are being introduced. What has the industry done so far, and what will the industry do between now and the MASH sunset dates? Hear from the experts and get perspectives from the FHWA, department of transportation officials and manufacturers.

+ Implementing Standards for Pedestrian and Bicycle Accommodations in Work Zones Room 125 A

Balancing safe driving and safe roads for all transportation system users, this session will cover development and implementation of BCDs (Bicycle Channeling Devices) and PCDs (Pedestrian Channelizing Devices) in work zones.

+ Grassroots Advocacy Room 126 A (Power Talk)

Discuss, learn and share best practices and experiences of developing relationships with decision-makers at all levels of government to further the roadway safety infrastructure industry and your business.

Then From 10:00AM - 11:30AM

+ Innovations in Digital Printing for Compliant and Durable Traffic Signage Room 124 A

Advances in digital printing technology present government agencies and sign fabricators with a proven tool to aid in the manufacture of Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)-compliant traffic signs. How does the technology compare in use and durability to traditional sign fabrication practices? Digital Print Technology is another capability in the sign shop’s tool chest for sign making. This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of digital print technologies that comply with the MUTCD and local regulations.

+ The Future of the Highway Trust Fund: Boom or Bust? Room 124 B

By the end of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) in 2020, Congress will need to address the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. Learn about possible solutions and the future of how transportation projects will be funded.

+ Roadway Safety in an Increasingly Connected and Automated World - Challenges and Opportunities Room 125 B

Billions of dollars in research seek to create a vehicle fleet that automates the driving process and connects vehicles to other vehicles and the infrastructure. This session will update participants about connected and automated vehicle technologies and their potential impact on the roadway safety industry.

Tuesday, February 14

8:30 AM- 10:00 AM

+ Temporary Traffic Control at Access Points Within One-Lane Sections Room 122 B

How to safely and efficiently control traffic from residential driveways has been a long-standing problem in work zones. In one-lane, bi-directional applications, it can be highly inefficient to stop the primary phases of traffic to service one or two motorists wishing to exit a driveway. The problem is compounded by each additional driveway that must be serviced. New developments in Portable Traffic Signal technology have revolutionized driveway control and vastly improved efficiency in these work zones. This workshop will look at a new product and its development, recent deployments, experimentation and importance to the industry.

+ Lives Saved, Serious Injuries Reduced Through the Use of HFST: How Highway Agencies are Deploying HFST Globally Room 124 A

Through state and federal funding resources, highway agencies are increasingly specifying High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) as part of their safety campaigns. Through mandatory federal safety audits, state agencies are recording positive results of implementing statewide HFST programs. HFST has become the standard safety treatment for many agencies. With continued educational presentations by leaders in the industry, more communities, cities, counties and private toll authorities benefit from integrating their own HFST programs.

+ Highway Safety Manual and Crash MitigationRoom 124 B

Use the Highway Safety Manual and its methods to perform network screening and identify roadway segments and intersections where there is higher potential for safety improvement. This workshop discusses how to improve safety strategies based on crash modification factors, as well as perform an economic analysis to prioritize and justify safety improvements. This approach is in alignment with the data-driven safety analysis approach supported by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Overall, it provides a quantitative method to identify and select safety countermeasure implementation and cover a systemic safety analysis approach to address multiple locations, considering a specific crash type or safety strategy implementation, such as curves, chevrons and shoulder rumble strips.

+ Machine Vision and Road Markings Research (NCHRP)Room 125 B

Lane keep and lane departure systems use road markings as guides. Learn how the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has funded research designed to understand which marking characteristics are important for machine-reading technologies. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Society of Automotive Engineers are working together to determine if a joint-specification is possible for marking/machine systems.

+ Successful Work Zone Awareness Campaigns (Power Talk) Room 122 C

Since Work Zone Awareness Week was created in December 1999, every state across the country has held local campaigns and adopted unique ways to use the event as an opportunity to raise public awareness for the local community and media. This Power Talk will feature department of transportation public affairs staff, who will share components of their successful campaigns and demonstrate how they’ve helped to reduce the number of accidents and injuries in work zones.

+ Successful Work Zone Awareness Campaigns(Power Talk) Room 122 C

Since Work Zone Awareness Week was created in December 1999, every state across the country has held local campaigns and adopted unique ways to use the event as an opportunity to raise public awareness for the local community and media. This Power Talk will feature department of transportation public affairs staff, who will share components of their successful campaigns and demonstrate how they’ve helped to reduce the number of accidents and injuries in work zones.

+ Connected Vehicle and Automated Vehicle Technologies: The Impact on Our Industry(Power Talk) Room 126 A

ATSSA and Auburn University have teamed up to create a booklet that discusses the business opportunities and threats that may arise due to the implementation of Autonomous Vehicle and Connected Vehicle technologies for ATSSA members. After extensive research by the Auburn University team, the ATSSA member only publication, “Member Business Opportunities in Intelligent Transportation Systems,” is ready to be released.

ATSSA Training Courses Available Before and After
the Convention & Traffic Expo

Take advantage of ATSSA’s superior training courses conveniently scheduled around the 47th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo in Phoenix, AZ. Choose from six courses on Feb. 6-10 and Feb. 15-16 (courses listed below).

As an added perk, you’ll receive a free, one-day Traffic Expo Pass for use between Feb. 12-14 just for attending one or more courses! Training courses are held off-site from the convention center.

Courses Available:

If anyone would like to get in contact with us during the convention visit our contact page. Road-Tech will maintain regular business hours during the convention. To visit the expo's website click here