Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week: April 26-30




Work zones play a critical role in the preservation and enhancement of our nation’s roadways. They separate construction and maintenance activities from traffic, providing a safe route for all road users (motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists) and a safe area for workers.

However, work zone-related changes in traffic patterns and rights of way, combined with the presence of workers, and the frequent movement of work vehicles may lead to crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Through National Work Zone Awareness Week, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and its partners hope to bring attention to the critical issue of road user and worker safety in and around work zones. It’s important for everyone to do their part to be safe. 


Work Zone Facts:

  • Eighty-five percent of those killed in work zones are drivers and passengers.
  • About 600 people die and more than 37,000 people are injured in work zone crashes nationwide.
  • On average, in a typical five-day workweek, seven motorists and one highway worker are killed nationwide.


Go Orange Day:

“National Work Zone Awareness Week highlights the deadly dangers of speeding or driving distracted in work areas,” says Joel Jundt, Secretary of Transportation. “We invite people to participate in the nationally recognized GO ORANGE DAY with, and for, the SDDOT on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, as a visual reminder that everyone can play a role.”  

Join the SDDOT to advocate for work zone awareness on GO ORANGE DAY by gathering family, co-workers, and friends to wear some favorite orange apparel, take creative photos, and share on social media using the hashtag #orange4safetysd.


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