National Work Zone Awareness Week


In April FHWA Administrator Greg Nadeau presented the 2014 National Work Zone Awareness Week Host State Trophy to Washington State DOT Secretary Lynn Peterson in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday, April 8. Washington hosted the annual kick-off meeting near the massive SR-99 tunnel project in downtown Seattle. National Work Zone 2015 will be held in Virginia. (The exact location for the event and dates for next April are still undetermined.)

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015 is March 23-27


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








   Seattle, Washington


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  



How It All Began

The NWZAW Executive Committee consists of the FHWA, ATSSA, AASHTO, ARTBA, AGC, Va.-DOT, Md.-DOT and D.C.-DOT.





(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.






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  • Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406-1022
  • Telephone: (800) 272-8772

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