Work Zone Awareness Week begins today

March 23, 2015

NatWZAPoster-Today marks the beginning of National Work Zone Awareness Week, and PHIA – along with PennDOT and the construction industry – join again to urge the public to slow down and pay attention as the 2015 construction season begins.

While we are all thankful for the passage of Act 89, the transportation funding measure, it brought with it the challenge of an increasing number of work zones across the Commonwealth. That means more lane restrictions, more people working in them and more drivers traveling through them.

“Some people think work zone safety is only about the construction workers,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “They think that if workers are not present in work zones, speed limits aren’t as important, and distractions are less of an issue.”

However, he noted, according to the Federal Highway Administration drivers and passengers constitute 85 percent of the fatalities caused by accidents in work zones.

“Whether construction workers are present or not, lane restrictions create challenges to drivers,” Wagner said. “Drivers have less time to react, and less space for maneuvering. Slowing down and eliminating distractions reduces the margin for errors.”

Wagner joined Acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards and others in a news conference kicking off the awareness campaign. To read about the event, click here.


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