Work Zone Awareness


National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 17-21, 2023

Work Zone Safety Training Day - April 17 
National kickoff event - April 18 
Go Orange Day #NWZAW and #Orange4Safety - April 19 
Social media storm #NWZAW and #WorkZoneSafety - April 20  
 Moment of Silence - April 21

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:

For More Information and History on National Work Zone Awareness Week



Kids Activity Pages:


Billboard Contest:

Each year the SDDOT collaborates with AGC and area contractors to build and maintain South Dakota’s roads and bridges. And, together we also work very hard to keep drivers and workers safe! For several years, we have partnered with AGC to sponsor a work zone awareness billboard design contest in elementary schools across the state. 

2022 Winners

Bridgewater/Emery – (Bridgewater/Emery Elementary)
Teacher: Mary Ernster and Student: Kenze Glover



Mitchell (Mitchell Christian School)
Teacher: Donna DeLine and Student: Brady Mentele  


Pierre – (Kennedy Elementary)
Teacher: Kristi Zarecky and Student: Tripp Barringer


Sioux Falls (St. Lambert Elementary)
Teacher: Tammy Lauer and Students: Charlotte Cooper and Kalley Van Meveren  



Rapid City – St. Elizabeth Seton School

Teacher: Delaine Lutz  and Student: Khloe Willits

News Article:


Hear from the SDDOT Crew!


News Stories:

News Center 1 - SDDOT Coming Together for National Campaign on Work Zones

Keloland - National Work Zone Awareness Week Reminders


Go Orange Day:

Join the SDDOT to advocate for work zone awareness on GO ORANGE DAY on April 19, 2023 by gathering family, co-workers, and friends to wear some favorite orange apparel, take creative photos, and share on social media!

2022 SDDOT Staff Photos:

(SDDOT PE Administration Office)

(SDDOT Secretary Joel Junt and Division Directors, Craig Smith, Kellie Beck, and Mike Behm (R-L)

(SDDOT Division of Secretariat)

(SDDOT Materials and Surfacing)

(SDDOT Road Design Office Pierre, and West River Offices)

(SDDOT Division of Finance, Management, Aeronautics, Rail, Transit)

(SDDOT Training Team)

(SDDOT Right of Way Office)

(SDDOT Communications Team)
(SDDOT Derek Ferwerda)

(Office of Bridge Design)



(Pierre Region and Area Office Staff)

(Mitchell Region Staff)

(Belle Fourche Office from left to right: Larry Cyr, Tige Thorman, Jim Dorfschmidt, Josh McBurnett, Bob Murray & Brenda Butler)
(Operations Support Office)


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