By Brad Sant, senior vice president of education and safety, ARTBA

The 2018 National Work Zone Management Conference, Sept. 11-13, in Herndon, Virginia, will combine four events in one location.

The biennial conference, hosted by the ARTBA Foundation-managed National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, is packed with unprecedented information and educational opportunities.

Three other events have been added to this year’s agenda:

  • a one-day workshop on Work Zone Activity Data;
  • the Transportation Research Board’s AHB55 Work Zone Traffic Control Mid-Year Meeting; and
  • a Work Zone Innovations sessions featuring the latest products designed to improve work zone safety and traffic management.

These complimentary events will provide attendees with a wide variety of educational opportunities, from technical data management techniques, to new products and industry innovations, broad policy discussions, and numerous workshops highlighting state-of-the-art work zone practices.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Commissioner Stephen C. Brich will open the conference. VDOT is one of the nation’s third largest state highway agencies, with a $5.4 billion annual budget and 7,700 employees.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) highway engineer Menna Yassin will deliver the Sept. 12 Keynote Address. She will provide insight on the highly-anticipated implementation of MASH crash-test standards.

More information on all the conference sessions is available at, or through the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.