Observed Across The Country



National Work Zone Awareness Week 2017 is April 3-7. The event will be hosted by the State of Maryland. The national kick-off event will be held Tuesday, April 4, at 11 a.m. The physical location of that event has not been determined by the agency. ATSSA members will be notified by the Flash newsletter and through their respective chapters once this information is received.

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. Also, learn about Go Orange Day.

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) hosted 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.
  • Watch AASHTO's PSA Video about the 2016 theme: “Don’t Be THAT Driver!” The goal is to reinforce the message that driving in and around work zones requires motorists to constantly be alert and prepared for changes that a distracted driver may not notice in time to prevent a potentially fatal crash.


ATSSA Goes Orange for Work Zone Safety

Go Orange Day was Wednesday, April 13, 2016, and all roadway safety professionals across the country were encouraged to wear orange to proudly show their support of work zone safety.

  • ATSSA staff wore orange and posted photos on social media leading up to Go Orange Day and NWZAW to support work zone safety! Click here to view our pics!

  • THANK YOU to all who participated in ATSSA's "Go Orange" social media campaign to support increased awareness of NWZAW and using caution while driving through work zones! #OrangeforSafety #NWZAW
  • The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) 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


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


2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week, March 23-27

“Expect the Unexpected”

  • The 2015 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



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