At some point this week, all us will most likely travel through a work zone while driving to work, school, church, or other places. With infrastructure improvements being made in nearly every community, both drivers and those working on our roads and bridges continue to be at a high risk of danger in work zones. Each of us as drivers need to be aware and safe while driving through work zones, but those working in dangerous areas have a responsibility to warn drivers, be visible, and provide proper warning and traffic control. That’s why April 23-27 is National Work Zone Awareness Week.
Each year in April, National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is held to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones. Since 1999, the Federal Highway Administration has worked with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) to coordinate and sponsor the event. Over the years other transportation partners have joined the effort to support NWZAW. In addition to a National event conducted each year, many States host their own NWZAW events. You can find out more information on NWZAW and events held in your state here at the FHWA website. NWZAW is in its tenth year, and Tracy Scriba with FHWA gives a great rundown of the progress of the movement so far in this article at the FHWA website.
QPR ShopWorx is a great resource for construction crews and their need to remain safe in work zones. Please visit our website for more information on traffic control or personal protective equipment. Or, feel free to contact your QPR representative with questions.
This weekend whether you are going out to dinner with friends and family, driving to work, or taking an out of town vacation, be sure to make extra effort to be careful and aware when driving in work zones across the country. The people out there working hard to improve your roads will thank you – and so will their families!