For the last 19 years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in conjunction with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) have held the National Work Zone Awareness Week in the spring to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones. This year’s theme is geared towards reminding the traveling public that work zone safety is “Everyone’s Responsibility.” The National kick-off event is being hosted Tuesday, April 10th in Chicago.
The State of CT strongly believes that the safety of our people comes first, always. The CT Work Zone Safety Campaign Volunteers strive to bring our “Slow Down For Work Zones” message to the public throughout the year at a variety of events. The highlight of the year is Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9th through April 13th.
CT DOT’s annual Work Zone Awareness Press Conference is April 9th, and they are also promoting Go Orange Day on April 11th for everyone to wear orange and show pride and support for people in work zones. There were over 1,000 work zones crashes in CT in 2017, and 3 fatalities. This Awareness week is an opportunity for us to focus on those crashes, and fatalities and promote awareness around traveling safely in and through work zones.
Awareness week comes at the best time of year to draw people’s attention to safety, because it is in the transition between snow season and construction season. The DOT’s maintenance forces are out there with moving work zones doing patching and pot hole repairs, and construction projects are be starting throughout the state.
The #ObeyTheOrange campaign is about driving the number of crashes in CT work zones down to zero, so that not one more person or their family is affected by a work zone fatality.