National Work Zone Awareness Week April 7-11, 2014
Washington State DOT was selected as the 2014 host for the national "kick off" event which will take place Tuesday, April 8, in Seattle, Wash. The kick-off will take place in conjunction with the ongoing Alaska Way Viaduct Replacement Program. Several high-level transportation officials are expected to participate in the event.
The national theme for National Work Zone Awareness Week is currently under development by the NWZAW National Committee and should be released by December 30. As event information becomes available, it will be posted here.
The NWZAW Executive Committee is made up of representatives from ATSSA, the Federal Highway Administration, AASHTO, ARTBA, AGC, Virginia DOT, Maryland State Highway Administration, the District of Columbia DOT and Washington-DOT.
National Work Zone Awareness Week Posters - Ready to Ship
Orders for 2014 National Work Zone Awareness Week posters have been taken nationwide. A special thanks to the Federal Highway Administration for their assistance in making this year's posters possible. Also, thanks to AASHTO's Communications Office for "getting the word out" to state DOTs regarding the poster's availability. Posters are expected to ship Friday, March 7 to all of those agencies and organizations who requested them. A limited number of posters remain available through the National Work Zone Safety Clearinghouse. Dial (888) 447-5556 for more informat ion.
This year's poster and motto:
Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake
The national kick-off event takes place Tuesday, April 8 in Seattle, Wash., at 10:00 a.m. local time
T-shirts, Pins and Ribbons
The pins and ribbons are to show support of work zone safety and awareness and for NWZAW. The proceeds support the Foundation’s programs – Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program and the National Work Zone Memorial Program. Order T-shirts click here Ribbons & Pins click here
Event Held in Washington, D.C.
Theme - "We're All in this together"
Event Held in St. Louis, Missouri
Theme - "Don't Barrel Through Work Zones"
Event Held In Beltsville, Maryland
Theme - "Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone"
Event Held in New York City
Theme - “Work Zones Need Your Undivided Attention”
Event Held in South Arlington, Va.
Theme - "Drive to Survive - Our Future Is Riding On It"
Event Held in Sacramento, California
Theme - Slow For the Cone Zone"
Event Planner for ATSSA Members
The Event Planner for ATSSA Members was created to assist ATSSA members nationwide as they prepare for National Work Zone Awareness Week and other community awareness activities throughout the year. The document covers a wide variety of topics including advanced planning and effective partnerships, social media, establishing local DOT public affairs contacts, basic media relations and how-to write press releases and media advisories. To download the Event Planner, click here
(From left) ATSSA President and CEO Roger Wentz, Former FHWA Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle and Former AASHTO President Thomas R. Warne meet 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.
The April media event rotated for the first eight years between Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. Following the eighth year, the Executive Committee determined to make the national event a true national event by kicking off the week in a pre-selected state. California stepped to the plate – and the 2008 national media event was held on the Capitol Steps in Sacramento. The 2009 event returned to the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the campaign. In 2010, the event rotated out of the area to New York City, then back to Maryland. Missouri was the 2012 host – Washington, D.C. is 2013’s.
The Executive Committee traditionally has a November planning meeting in Washington, D.C. to begin planning for the April event. During this meeting, possible “themes” for the campaign and the venue for the event are discussed.