In Washington state, where the department of transportation’s favorite color is green, everyone is orange. Really. Everyone.
They’re orange in Louisiana, too. From Oklahoma to North Dakota, Maine to Florida, Texas to Michigan – nearly every state will feature some kind of activity in recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 23-27.
The Missouri Department of Transportation will be this year’s officials host the national work zone kick-off event, which will be held Monday, April 23, in Route 141 construction zone, St. Louis County.
According to the Federal Highway Administration’s National Work Zone Awareness website, a coalition of transportation organizations that includes FHWA, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the American Traffic Safety Services Association, has work together since 1999 to coordinate and sponsor the annual event.
All this orange and all the words and speeches really boil down to this – slow down in work zones. Pay attention when you drive, but pay even closer attention to what you’re doing when you drive through a work zone.
After so many years working at a state department of transportation, I sadly wrote many news releases describing crashes in work zones – some that seriously injured or killed construction workers. But most crashes in work zones end up killing or injuring the people in the cars.
I tip my hat to my state DOT colleagues raising awareness for Work Zone Awareness Week. They bring creativity and integrity to the task. My hope is that everyone gets the message.