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.


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ATSSA announces job training and placement program for returning citizens

ATSSA to partner with FailSafe-ERA on Right Road Job Training and Placement Program

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2019) – The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) will partner with FailSafe-ERA on the Right Road Job Training and Placement Program, a program that helps qualified returning citizens receive the training and job resources they need to put them on a path to success in temporary traffic control.

ATSSA is the leader in roadway safety, representing more than 1,500 member companies in the roadway safety infrastructure industry across the United States.

Non-profit FailSafe-ERA has a proven track record in making an impact on the lives of those affected by incarceration and their families. This partnership will help those returning to our communities in getting the skills they need to have enriching careers and make our work zones – and roadways – safer.

The program involves five days of job readiness training, soft-skills training, and job training and placement assistance, including ATSSA’s flagger training and certification. Class members will also receive several months of counseling and mentoring. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be placed with sponsoring ATSSA member companies in temporary traffic control positions.

“Our members came to us, expressing they were having difficulty finding qualified workers for flagging positions in their companies. This program not only helps to provide an opportunity for returning citizens to receive the support and skills they need to succeed, but also provides crucial skills that are essential for filling roadway worker positions across the country,” said ATSSA’s Vice President of Member Services Donna Clark.

The program was announced at ATSSA’s 49th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 11, 2019. It is set to launch in Spring 2019.

For more information about the Right Roads Job Training and Placement Program, contact communications@atssa.com. For more information about ATSSA’s 49th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, visit expo.atssa.com.

President and CEO of FailSafe-ERA Juanita Shanks, ATSSA Vice President of Member Services Donna Clark

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