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National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 17-21, 2023) emphasizes the importance of slowing down, paying attention and practicing caution in work zones. 
Employees in work zones are spouses, parents, children, siblings and friends – and they all deserve to go home safe at the end of their shift. Crews work while traffic speeds by just feet or inches away. They work to keep all travelers safe, either through repairs or new construction. Far too many have had close calls or injuries. Others have been killed on the job. They deserve our respect and extra attention. We work hard to keep our workers safe with equipment and training. We also need the traveling public’s help to keep everyone on the road safe.
Work Zone Safety Infographic (PDF 718KB)
Work Zone Collision Fact Sheet (PDF 3MB)
Every year, WSDOT, alongside other DOTs from across the country participate in work zone safety awareness week. The department held its first Worker Memorial in nearly three years on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at the agency headquarters building in Olympia. Governor Jay Inslee attended the ceremony and signed a bill that authorizes the use of speed enforcement cameras in work zones – a welcome step in efforts to keep road workers and the public safe on state highways.

WSDOT promotes work zone safety year ’round, but especially during the month of April and ahead of a busy summer construction season.
We ask all drivers in work zones to:
Since 1950, 60 Washington State Department of Transportation employees have lost their lives in work zone-related activities. Each spring, WSDOT holds a Worker’s Memorial to honor those fallen workers and remind everyone about the importance of work zone safety.
It’s easier to skid or lose control traveling at higher speeds. Give yourself more time to stop.
Winter conditions could mean chains are required on your route. Practice putting them on your vehicle ahead of time.
Carry extra supplies like warm clothing, ice scraper and brush, jumper cables and other emergency items.
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