Observed Across The Country


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, April 11-15

"Don't Be THAT Driver: Work on Safety. Get Home Safely. Every Day."

  • The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is hosting the annual kick-off event just outside of Toledo, Ohio, on Tuesday, April 12 at 10 a.m., in the vicinity of the huge I-75 widening project. The 32-mile project will add capacity and a number of roadway safety improvements including redesigned interchanges, roundabouts and other new features.

  • 2016 the letter-size poster here

  • To order posters and receive more information about NWZAW here

  • Out of state visitors, please arrive at the Toledo Express Airport, the kick-off event venue is 16.5 miles away. To download a map with here
  • All roadway safety professionals across the country are encouraged to wear orange on Wednesday, April 13 to proudly show their support of work zone more

  • The Virginia Department of Transportation team shows their support of work zone safety by wearing orange.


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


2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week, March 23-27

“Expect the Unexpected”

  • This year's theme was the original theme used 15 years ago in the national event created to focus attention on work zone safety and work zone workers. Since the creation of the national campaign by FHWA, ATSSA, and AASHTO, the number of work zone fatalities has dropped significantly.

  • The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) hosted the annual kick-off meeting in Northern Virginia at the Washington Boulevard/Columbia Pike VDOT Interchange Project on Tuesday, March 24.

  • 2015 here

  • Official Program of Events for the 2015 Kick-Off here

  • The Foundation Inaugurated a PSA Campaign for the 2015 NWZAW by providing broadcast-quality TV and radio spots to media outlets. Themed, “America’s Transportation Workers: The Beating Heart of Mobility,” the spots reminded drivers to think of the real people who do their jobs in work zones. For more 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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