National Work Zone Awareness Week begins April 20: Protect workers. Protect road users. Safe work zones for all.

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

Fast facts:
- National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 20-24.
- A quality transportation system to deliver goods is more essential than ever. 
- Slow down through work zones and stay focused at all times.

April 16, 2020 -- Now, more than ever, the transport and delivery of essential items is crucial. Despite the delay of some projects due to the pandemic, there are many active work zones throughout the state. Roads must be maintained. Bridges need to be inspected. All available contractors have been briefed on the appropriate safety methods to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Next week is National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) to remind us all to pay extra attention as we drive past our neighbors, friends, relatives, and fellow Michiganders who are working hard to improve our roads and bridges. This year's theme: Safe work zones for all. Protect workers. Protect road users.

Traffic data from around the state show that volumes are down approximately 60 percent. To put that in perspective, last Friday there were approximately 1.7 million vehicles on Michigan roadways, while on that same day last year there were more than 4.5 million.

"It's tempting to drive faster when traffic is light," said MDOT Work Zone Delivery Engineer Chris Brookes. "But even with lower traffic volumes, it's so important to slow down through these work zones for the safety of everyone."

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 next Wednesday, April 22. At home or in the field, show your support by sharing a photo on social media of you or your team wearing orange, including the hashtags #Orange4Safety and #NWZAW.

Know before you go. Check www.Michigan.gov/Drive for active work zones on state roads (US, M and I routes).