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Work Zone Safety

Barrel on the US-10 Clare construction project.
Department of Transportation

Work Zone Safety

MDOT understands that traveling through work zones can be frustrating. We want you to know that we are working diligently to reduce the impacts that road work has on motorists while delivering smooth and safe roads and bridges.

It is important to remember that road and bridge construction can be dangerous work in unpredictable environments. To ensure the safety of road workers and road users - always slow down, follow all posted signs, and be alert. Work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility!

National Work Zone Awareness Week

April 17 - 21, 2023

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual public awareness campaign held each spring to educate road users and workers about the importance of  work zone safety. The campaign encourages safe driving and using extra caution in work zones.

2023 NWZAW events include:  

  • April 17 - Work Zone Safety Training
  • April 18 - National Kickoff Event
  • April 19 - Go Orange Day 
  • April 20 - Social Media Storm
  • April 21- Moment of Silence 

#NWZAW #Orange4Safety

Learn more about NWZAW

Safe Driving Tips

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Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may change, and workers, vehicles, or equipment may enter without warning. 

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Dedicate your full attention to the road. Avoid using phones or other distracting behaviors while driving in a work zone.

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Crews know what is best for moving traffic safely in work zones. Follow all signs and instructions to merge, slow down, or stop.

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Fines double for speeding in a Michigan work zone, so slow down. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

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Vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly in a work zone. Watch for brake lights and be prepared to react to traffic.

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Work zones are not there to inconvenience you. They are necessary to improve our roads and make your future drive better.

Work Zone Safety Task Force

The Work Zone Safety Task Force (WZSTF) was officially launched in October 2018 as a collaborative effort between the MDOT and Michigan’s heavy/highway construction industry. It is the goal of the task force to reduce and eliminate work zone injuries and deaths for construction workers and motorists.

Mission: Working together, MDOT and the heavy construction industry are advancing our culture and practices to put SAFETY FIRST in Michigan’s work zones.

Learn more about WZSTF