Traffic Control Device Challenge (TCDC)

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (AHB50) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) have joined together to sponsor and conduct an exciting new design competition, the Traffic Control Device Challenge (TCDC), to promote innovation and stimulate ideas in the traffic control devices area with a goal to improve operations and safety.

Guidelines for Participation

The TCDC is open to individual high school, junior college, college, or university students or teams of students with an interest in transportation and an understanding of traffic control devices. Students in relevant fields such as transportation-, human factors-, and graphic design-related curricula are particularly encouraged to participate.

The TCDC submittals will help to encourage innovation and creative thought in the transportation community. Contest participants will receive the opportunity to vet their designs in a public forum. Three winning teams will receive recognition at national transportation forums.

Additional information about this event coming soon.

Contact & Submission Information

For questions about the TCDC, please contact:

Paul Carlson

2017 Traffic Control Device Challenge Winners

Winners of the 2017 TCDC presented at the "Traffic Control Device Challenge for Students" Traffic Talk session on Sunday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb. 13 at the ATSSA Pavilion.

First Place ($1,500)
Electronic Beacon to Guide Autonomous Vehicles through Work Zones
Owen Hitchcock, Kristin Kersavage, Lingyu Li, Xiao Liang, Xu Lin
Penn State University

Second Place ($1,000)
The New Generation Steering Wheel Cover
Jelena Karapetrovic
New Mexico State University

Third Place ($500)
The Pima County Split-Face Marker
Garrett Anderson, Vincent Morello, Lindsey Willman
University of Arizona