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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 and construction sites. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.

2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week, March 23-27

"Expect the Unexpected"

Hosted in Virginia by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

Kick-off event to be held on Tuesday, March 24 at 11a.m. in Northern Virginia on the 395/Seminary Road overpass project.

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


NWZAW 2015 Theme Established / Poster Orders Underway

The theme for National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015 (March 23-29) 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).

Poster orders for the 2015 event are now being taken. Email with agency name, full contact information, address to which the posters should be mailed, and number of posters requested. Posters will be mailed in February at no cost.

Questions regarding the event should be directed to

The deadline to order posters is Tuesday, February 6.

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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