(JUNEAU, Alaska) — As state DOTs and transportation groups from across the country recognize the 15th Annual National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) reminds motorists to drive carefully through work zones – for their own safety and the safety of workers.
This year’s theme, “Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake”, highlights the consequences of speeding through a work zone. These costs can take on various forms including fines, jail time, or even a life.
Alaska averages about 50 highway work zone accidents each year. One way to reduce accidents is to be aware of construction projects prior to driving. ADOT&PF posts weekly construction updates statewide at 511.Alaska.gov and AlaskaNavigator.org.
National Work Zone Awareness Week began in 2000 with a partnership between the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Federal Highway Administration, and the American Traffic and Safety Services Association to promote work zone safety. Since then, each April, state DOTs and transportation groups have joined the effort to reduce fatalities and promote safer driving practices.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
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