By Katie Chimelewski, director, safety & certification, ARTBA

The annual National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-12, is themed “Drive Like You Work Here.” The phrase reminds motorists to watch out for state transportation department and private sector employees who work within inches of moving traffic.

Such caution is warranted every week of the year, but is even more critical now that the warm weather construction and vacation seasons have begun. Extra attention is required from both side of the work zone barriers.

“An increase in work zone crashes throughout the country is a clear indication that we have to work together toward saving lives,” said ARTBA Senior Vice President of Safety & Education Brad Sant. “Ensuring our highway construction sites are the safest possible environments and drivers are following safe driving habits reduces our risk of an incident. We all share the same goal- zero incident work zones.”

ARTBA, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and other government and private sector organizations, including transportation planning and design firms and contractors, are leading this year’s safety awareness activities. Many ARTBA members are participating.

ARTBA’s outreach includes new safety training material, support for member organizations in safety stand downs, and awareness-raising “Go Orange” activities and a social media challenge. A special Awareness Week section offering digital links to multiple resources has been added to ARTBA’s Transportation Construction Safety Center.

ARTBA also urges its members and others to enroll their workers in the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program, the transportation construction industry’s only international-accredited safety certification.