PennDOT, PA Turnpike Urge Motorists to Slow Down in Work Zones During National Work Zone Awareness Week


HARRISBURG- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PA Turnpike), Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), and Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC) gathered at Soldier’s Grove to honor roadway workers and urge motorists to slow down and pay attention in work zones as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). The week, which runs April 15-19, is designated to highlight the critical importance of safe driving through work zones. The theme of this year’s NWZAW is “Work Zones are temporary. Actions behind the wheel can last forever.”

“We are beginning another construction season,” said PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll. “This means improved roads and bridges, but it can also mean hazards for our workers. These men and women deserve to get home safely. Your choices behind the wheel can change lives forever. Please make the safe choice. Slow down and never drive distracted, especially in work zones where roadway conditions can change every day.”

The PennDOT and PA Turnpike worker memorials were on display during the event to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives while improving and maintaining Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. Since 1970, PennDOT has lost 90 workers in the line of duty. The PA Turnpike has lost 45 workers since 1940.

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