MDOT Celebrates National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

Orange barrels are going up on Michigan roads for another construction season.

This week is National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.

Every year road construction workers are injured on the job.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is working towards a nationwide zero injuries campaign.

Last year alone there were 4,200 work zone crashes, 25 deaths and 73 debilitating injuries to road workers.

MDOT uses this week to get the word out to be  mindful when traveling through construction zones and be respectful to the speed limits in these zones.

“These are important people, and just because they’re in the construction zone doesn’t mean they’re somehow immune to the danger of vehicles in the traffic. Drivers can do their part to keep them safe by slowing down and being aware of construction work zones,” said Del Kirkby with the MDOT Cadillac Transportation Service Center.

Wednesday is Wear Orange Wednesday to bring attention to severe crashes that happen in work zones.