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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. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones. Also, learn about Go Orange Day.



National Work Zone Awareness Week 2018, April 9-13

2018 Theme: WorkZone Safety: Everybody's Responsibility

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2018 is April 9-13. The host state is Illinois. The proposed location/venue for the April 10, 2018 (Tuesday) national kick-off event is adjacent to the Jane Byrne Interchange Reconstruction Project in the Chicago metro area.

The development of a national theme, national poster, and other details in preparation for the 2018 event will be discussed in a National Work Zone Awareness Week Executive Committee planning meeting, which will take place in Washington, D.C. in December.



National Work Zone Awareness Week 2017, April 3-7

"Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands"

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2017 is April 3-7. The event will be hosted by the State of Maryland. ATSSA members will be updated by The Flash newsletter and through their respective chapters with additional information.

  • National Kick-Off Event:
    Tuesday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m. EST in Montgomery County, Md. (Georgia Avenue/Randolph Road interchange, Silver Spring, Md.)
  • 2017 Poster:
    Click here to view
    Requests for NWZAW 2017 posters must include the name of the person making the request, organization and number of posters requested. Please email all poster requests to with "NWZAW POSTER REQUEST" in the subject line.

  • ATSSABlog Post:
    Click here to view the post about NWZAW on the new ATSSABlog!

Email with questions regarding National Work Zone Awareness Week 2017.



Go Orange Day 2017, Wednesday, April 5

All roadway safety professionals across the country are encouraged to wear orange to proudly show their support of work zone safety.

Go Orange Day and NWZAW is an important time to show your support of the roadway safety industry, especially to the families of victims who have lost their lives in work zones.

This year for Go Orange Day, ATSSA is expanding our focus to not only photos, but also videos. ATSSA wants to see videos of you or a group wearing orange and telling us why you support Go Orange Day and NWZAW, doing something fun, safe and creative.


Watch ATSSA's video in support of Go Orange Day and NWZAW

Watch ATSSA's Video

See ATSSA President and CEO Roger Wentz, CFO and COO Mitzi Osterhout, Vice President of Member Services Donna Clark, and Director of Communications James Baron support work zone safety awareness.


To show your support this year:

  • Script a great idea and produce a video (always remember: safety first), not to exceed 15 seconds
  • Post the video on Twitter and/or Facebook, tag ATSSA, and include the hashtag #Orangeforsafety
  • ATSSA may retweet/share your post
  • Also, retweet/share ATSSA's posts to keep the word about work zone safety going


  • Post and Share on Social Media
    ATSSA Facebook - @ATSSAtraffic
    ATSSA Twitter - @ATSSAHQ
    Hashtags - #Orangeforsafety #NWZAW



Show Your Support and Order Work Zone Accessories

  • Order National Work Zone Awareness Week accessories, including pins, ribbons, bracelets, and NEW magnets (limited supply) to show support of roadway safety.

  • Proceeds from the work zone accessories help to support the American Traffic Safety Services Foundation's programs, including the Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship, National Work Zone Memorial, and Experience Camps Travel Scholarship Programs. Read more about The Foundation's 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


2016 National Work Zone Awareness Week, 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.


2016 Go Orange Day, Wednesday, April 13

"ATSSA Goes Orange for Work Zone Safety" - 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



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