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:



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!

2023 SDDOT Staff Photos:

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News Stories:


Hear from the SDDOT Crew!


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. 

2023 Winners

Watch the Keloland story here

Caylee - Sonia Sotomayor Elementary in Sioux Falls, SD

Peyton - Humboldt, SD Elementary


Annika - Sonia Sotomayor Elementary in Sioux Falls, SD

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