It’s National Work Zone Awareness week, and traffic officials want motorists to be extra cautious when approaching areas where roadwork is being conducted.
To help bring awareness to the importance of safety in work zones, TDOT launched the Work with Us — Move Over, Slow Down safety campaign.
“Through these trying times, TDOT’s services are essential in ensuring safe travel for people, goods and services in Tennessee,” TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright said. “Although traffic flow has lessened, hundreds of TDOT employees are still working on our highways each day.
“We need motorists to work with us by moving over and slowing down for TDOT workers and first responders working along our interstates and state routes. We ask that motorists pay attention to signs, observe the hands-free law, reduce speed and move over when possible.”
States across the nation have joined together to ask motorists to Work with Us — move over and slow down for highway workers. TDOT will spread that message statewide, particularly this week, in an effort to improve safety in Tennessee’s interstate and highway construction and maintenance work zones.
The spring and summer months provide perfect weather for highway work. Work zones include everything from major interstate widening projects to pothole patching and mowing. Motorists will encounter work zones across Tennessee in downtowns, along interstates and in rural areas. Last year in Tennessee, 25 people died in work zone crashes, including workers, drivers and passengers.
Work zone safety messages will be displayed on TDOT’s overhead Dynamic Message Signs on interstates in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville. Prominent buildings and bridges will be lighted in orange, and “Work with Us — Move Over, Slow Down” signs will be posted at work zones across the state displaying this message at various locations statewide.
Wednesday is “wear orange day.” People can show support for National Work Zone Awareness by wearing orange. Throughout this week, follow TDOT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as TDOT will be posting photos, info graphics and videos to broaden awareness of the importance of driving safe and undistracted, especially through work zones.