National Work Zone Awareness Week begins: Go Orange for safety

Contact: John Richard, MDOT Office of Communications, 616-262-1565
Agency: Transportation

Fast facts:

  • National Work Zone Awareness Week is today through Friday.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear orange this Wednesday in support of work zone safety.
  • Safety professionals from around Michigan meet today in Traverse City to promote awareness and discuss challenges and solutions for work zone safety.   

April 8, 2019 -- Construction crews are already hard at work throughout Michigan to improve our roadways. The orange barrels are out as well, and motorists need to take extra care while driving through work zones. Today starts National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), which serves as a reminder to motorists to pay attention and drive safely at all times.  

To show your support for the safety of road workers and everyone on the road, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and its statewide safety partners ask you to Go Orange this Wednesday by wearing orange. You can also spread your support by sharing a photo on social media of you or your team wearing orange, including the hashtags #Orange4Safety and #NWZAW.

Safety experts from around the state are meeting today in Traverse City to create awareness and discuss challenges and solutions for work zone safety. For more information on today's public event, visit http://tinyurl.com/y35rvfq6. You can watch the live stream of the event at https://livestream.com/MDOT/2019NWZAW.

As part of the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) national safety campaign, a vision of eliminating fatalities on our nation's roads, NWZAW became a national event in 2000. For more facts, stats and information about work zone safety, visit www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/wz_awareness.htm and www.Michigan.gov/MDOTWorkZones.