Work Zone Safety
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual event that focuses national attention on worker and motorist safety in work zones. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first national event, held in Virginia in 2000. The site where the kick-off event is held now alternates each year from being hosted in the Washington, D.C., area to different locations across the United States.
This year, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting the 2020 National Work Zone Awareness Week kick-off event on April 21 with the theme, “Safe Work Zones for All: Protect workers. Protect road users.” It features a poster reminiscent of the World War II Rosie the Riveter poster. In Rosie's place are male and female road workers proclaiming, “We Can Do It!”
The poster image is a reflection of Michigan's industrial heritage, as well as the strength and diversity of road construction and maintenance workers throughout the U.S. The original “Rosies” worked as riveters at the Willow Run aircraft factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan, that built B24 bombers. The historic Willow Run site is now the location of the American Center for Mobility (ACM), which is focused on testing, validation and self-certification of connected and automated vehicles and other mobility technologies.
Canceled: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020 NWZAW kick-off event has been canceled. We encourage everyone to make work zone safety a priority for all workers and road users by driving carefully in and around work zones. Together we can create safe work zones for all. We can do it!