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Work Zone Safety Task Force (WZSTF)

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Department of Transportation

Work Zone Safety Task Force (WZSTF)

As a partnership between MDOT and the heavy construction industry in Michigan, the Work Zone Safety Task Force will work together to advance the effort of looking at ways to go above and beyond the current mode of operations to make work zone safety an even greater aspect of our culture.

Goal: Putting SAFETY FIRST in Michigan's work zones!

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The Work Zone Safety Task Force is responsible for:

  • Setting direction and enabling implementation of work zone safety recommendations.
  • Ensuring the timely closure of work zone safety issues.
  • Being the catalyst for changing work zone safety culture.
  • Helping to remove barriers to implementation and providing suggestions for other options.
  • The task force is co-chaired by Tony Kratofil from MDOT and Mike Malloure from C.A. Hull.

It has seven action teams with over 90 team members. Each action team is led by one MDOT and one industry representative with equal representation from contractors and MDOT. Additional members on the teams may include other state agencies, consulting engineers, designers, and other industry partners.

Positive Project Safety Collaboration Award

The Positive Project Safety Collaboration Award is an award aimed at recognizing and celebrating the uniting of all parties on a Michigan highway construction project to achieve a positive safety culture. Any MDOT-let projects are eligible.

Nominees are evaluated on collaboration, implementation of new ideas and techniques for work zone safety, responsiveness to change in the work zone to promote safety, effective communication, and a demonstration of a positive project safety culture.

2022 Award Winners

M-11 Resurfacing in Kent County
$4.4 million project to resurface 4.2 miles of M-11 (28th Street) from Church Avenue to US-131.
Contractor: Rieth-Riley Construction

US-24 Resurfacing and Bridge Repair in Wayne County
$13.6 million project to mill and resurface 1.7 miles and repair two bridges on US-24 (Telegraph Road) from Van Born Road to Oxford Street.
Contractor: Ajax Paving Industries

2022 Award Winners Video