Support the men and women working to improve your highways, roadways and streets by Going Orange for Work Zone Safety Week. These workers could be your family, friends or the neighbor down the street. Help us encourage everyone to pay attention in work zones and help save lives.

WSDOT will host its own annual Worker Memorial to honor fallen workers and re-inforce our work zone safety message on April 22, 2015.

WSDOT 2015 Worker Memorial

When: 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Where: WSDOT Headquarters, 310 Maple Park, Avenue, SE, Olympia, Washington

Drivers generally don’t think they are at risk in work zones but they’re wrong:

  • Washington averages almost 1,000 highway work zone injuries each year.
  • 99 percent the people injured or killed in work zone collisions are drivers and their passengers.
  • Most injuries and deaths in work zones are caused by rear-end collisions.
  • Inattentive drivers are not prepared for sudden slow downs and last minute lane changes in work zones.

Work zone survival tips:

  • Slow down to the posted speed and pay attention.
  • Merge as soon as possible.
  • Expect delays, plan for them and leave early or use an alternate route if one is available.