National Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week Kick-Off 

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW): event that takes place across the US—partnership between the state department of transportation (DOT), national road safety organization, government agencies, private companies, and individuals.

How can YOU spread the word?

Throughout the week, share safety stories on Yammer using the hashtag #NWZAW. Plus, on Wednesday the 10th, we are promoting “Go Orange Day” (#Orange4Safety)where we encourage everyone to wear orange to show our support for roadway safety and the families affected by work zone accidents. To share the memories, please take some pictures and share with Brett Young and Julia Marrero.

How did NWZAW Start?

Virginia DOT started the awareness week in 1997 when they thought it would be a good idea to spend a week raising awareness about work zone safety before their season picked up.


  • Initiate efforts to raise awareness of the need for more caution when driving through work zones to decrease fatalities and injuries
  • Establish and promote a uniform set of safety tips
  • Value of training and importance of best practices in regard to work zone safety would be promoted among individuals in the private sector, industry, and roadway workers
  • Reach out to both roadway workers and contractors to communicate possible effects of motorists’ behavior in response to traffic delays, and advise on what steps might possibly be taken to lessen negative behavior
  • Outreach efforts would be made to work with entities involved with work zone safety and to form partnerships.