News Releases

4/4/2014 - National Work Zone Awareness Week

CONTACT:
Mike Fraser
Director of Public Works
785-309-5725
mike.fraser@salina.org

NATIONAL WORK ZONE AWARENESS WEEK

April 7 to 11, 2014, has been designated as National Work Zone Awareness Week by the Federal Highway Association (FHWA).

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, 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 to a national event conducted each year, many states, counties and cities host their own NWZAW events.

According to Mike Fraser, director of public works, “Some motorists often take work zones for granted and often consider them to be a nuisance and a hindrance to getting to their destinations on time. The City of Salina is very fortunate to have a dedicated, highly-qualified, and customer-oriented staff who maintains the City’s infrastructure in good operating condition. National Work Zone Awareness Week is an opportunity to remind the public to slow down in work zones and that the efforts of City staff are performed under difficult and often dangerous conditions.”

Locally, Public Works Department staff will be wearing safety vests or orange ribbons all week in recognition of NWZAW. Ribbons will also be available for citizens at the Department of Public Works offices located at the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash Street, and at 412 E. Ash Street.