MDOT recognizes April as Work Zone Awareness Month

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The Mississippi Department of Transportation recognizes this month as Work Zone Awareness Month.

MDOT officials said their crews are put in harm’s way every day as they go out to ensure the state’s roads remain in the best possible condition.

MDOT crews work feet away from vehicles traveling at high speeds. 

Highways are the “office” of MDOT’s maintenance and construction crews. 

“MDOT crews undergo extensive safety training before heading out into the field, and they follow strict federal, state and agency guidelines to ensure they are performing their duties safely,” McGrath said. “However, our crews work in an unpredictable environment. Even when they are following safety guidelines, the traveling public plays a huge role in keeping MDOT workers safe.”

Every spring, National Work Zone Awareness Week is held to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety, and mobility issues in work zones. 

Since 1999, the Federal Highway Administration has worked with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the American Traffic Safety Services Association to coordinate this observance.

MDOT will join FHWA, AASHTO, ATSSA and other state departments of transportation across the country to recognize the week of April 9-13 as NWZAW 2018. In addition, MDOT will extend this week and recognize the entire month of April as Work Zone Awareness Month.

MDOT maintenance and construction staff are trained to work on Mississippi’s highways. However, regardless of the amount of training or how well a work zone is set up, these crews rely on the traveling public to keep them safe and help them get home to their families at the end of the day.

“MDOT crews put their lives on the line every day,” said McGrath. “Imagine if it were one of your loved ones on the highway. How would you want drivers to travel through that work zone?”

In an effort to drive down the number of deaths on roadways in the state, MDOT, along with national partners, has adopted the Towards Zero Deaths vision as a part of its highway safety plan. 

To learn more, visit MDOT’s website.

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