Support the men and women working to improve your highways, roadways and streets by Going Orange for Work Zone Safety Week. These workers could be your family, friends or the neighbor down the street. Help us encourage everyone to pay attention in work zones and help save lives.
WSDOT will host its own annual Worker Memorial to honor fallen workers and re-inforce our work zone safety message on April 13, 2017.
WSDOT 2017 Worker Memorial
When: 10 a.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017.
Where: Office Building 2 (the DSHS building next to WSDOT Headquarters0, 1115 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Drivers generally don’t think they are at risk in work zones but they're wrong:
Washington averages almost 850 highway work zone injuries each year.
96 percent of the people injured or killed in work zone collisions are drivers and their passengers.
The top three causes of work zone crashes are distracted/inattentive driving, following too close and speeding.
Distracted/inattentive drivers are not prepared for sudden slow downs and last minute lane changes in work zones.
Work zone survival tips:
Slow down to the posted speed and pay attention.
Merge as soon as possible.
Expect delays, plan for them and leave early or use an alternate route if one is available.