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National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2016

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2016 is April 11- 15. The host-state for the national kick-off event is Ohio. The 2016 national kick-off will be held just outside of Toledo, Ohio, in the vicinity of the huge I-75 widening project. This 32-mile project will add capacity and a number of roadway safety improvements including redesigned interchanges, roundabouts and other new features.


2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week, March 23-27

"Expect the Unexpected"

This event was hosted by the Virginia by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in Arlington, Va., on March 24.

The 2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week media/kick-off event will be held Tuesday, March 24 beginning at 11:00 a.m. in Northern Virginia at the Washington Boulevard/Columbia Pike VDOT Interchange Project.

The March 24 site/event location is directly across the street from the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, Virginia. If you plan on staying in Arlington the night before the March 24 event, please be advised that the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel is currently overbooked and will only accept reservations for two or more nights per booking. Since this is currently the case (may change without notice), please coordinate with your travel agent or another source to find a suitable hotel to accommodate your stay.

For more information on the event, planning, hosting and promoting NWZAW, contact Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy, Public Relations Specialist at

Penn DOT Remarks March 2015. click here


Public Service Announcements: ATSSA and The Foundation Inaugurate PSA Campaign

For National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015, media outlets can download broadcast-quality TV and radio spots themed, “America’s Transportation Workers: The Beating Heart of Mobility.” The spots remind drivers to think of the real people who do their jobs in work zones. They also tell the story of Steve Morgan, who was killed in a roadway work zone in Sarasota, Florida. Campaign air dates were March 23-27, 2015.

To preview the PSA or download the broadcast-quality here


NWZAW 2015 Theme Established

The theme for National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015 (March 23-27) is "Expect the Unexpected." This was the original theme used 15 years ago in the national event that was created to focus attention on work zone safety and work zone workers. Since the creation of the national campaign by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), ATSSA and AASHTO, the number of work zone fatalities has dropped significantly. The 2015 media event, hosted by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), will be held Tuesday, March 24 at 11 a.m. in Northern Virginia (Seminary Road area, Arlington).

"Expect the Unexpected" National Work Zone Awareness Week here

Official Program of Events for the 2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week Kick Off Event, Hosted by Virginia DOT, Tuesday, March 24, here


Show Your Support and Order Pins, Ribbons and Bracelets

  • Order National Work Zone Awareness Week accessories, including pins, ribbons, and bracelets, to show support of roadway safety.

  • Proceeds from the pins, ribbons, and bracelets help to support the American Traffic Safety Services Foundation's programs, including the Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program and the National Work Zone Memorial Program. Read more about The Foundation's programs.. click here

  • Download the order here


2014 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11

“Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake”

  • FHWA Administrator Greg Nadeau presents the 2014 National Work Zone Awareness Week Host State Trophy to Washington State DOT Secretary Lynn Peterson in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

  • Washington hosted the annual kick-off meeting near the massive SR-99 tunnel project in downtown Seattle.


How It All Began

  • The NWZAW Executive Committee originally consisted of the FHWA, ATSSA and AASHTO. Since 1999, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, ARTBA, AGC, VDOT, MDOT and DDOT have joined.

  • ATSSA President and CEO Roger Wentz, former FHWA Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle and former AASHTO President Thomas R. Warne met at U.S.-DOT headquarters on Dec. 15, 1999, to sign the historic "Memorandum of Agreement" between the three organizations to create National Work Zone Awareness Week. Since then, nearly every state across the nation has joined the cause.
  • Read more about the history and previous kick-off locations and here

  • The American Traffic Safety Services Association
  • 15 Riverside Parkway, Suite 100
  • Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406-1022
  • Telephone: (800) 272-8772



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