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3/23/2015 - National Work Zone Awareness Week

Dan Stack
City Engineer
(785) 309-5725

National Work Zone Awareness Week

March 23-27, 2015 has been designated as National Work Zone Awareness Week by the Federal Highway Association (FHWA).

Annually, National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is held during spring to bring national attention to mobility issues in work zones, and motorist and worker safety. Some motorists take work zones for granted and consider them to be a nuisance because they prolong their travel time. NWZAW serves to remind the public that work in these zones is often performed under difficult and dangerous situations, making it imperative that the public proceed with caution and travel no faster than the posted speed.

Since 1999, FHWA 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, many states, counties and cities host NWZAW events.

To support NWZAW locally, the week will be officially recognized at 4 p.m. on March 23 at the City Commission meeting. Throughout the week, staff from the Public Works Department will wear safety vests or orange ribbons. Ribbons are available for citizens; they can be picked up by visiting the Public Works Department, located in the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash Street.