Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
April 20, 2012
VDOT, STAFFORD COUNTY PARTNER TO RAISE AWARENESS OF HIGHWAY WORK ZONE SAFETY
Increased enforcement in Stafford planned for Work Zone Awareness Week of April 23-27
FREDERICKSBURG—As warm weather brings more opportunities for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to accomplish construction and paving work, motorists are encouraged to remain alert for a growing number of highway work zones and lane closures as they travel through the 14-county Fredericksburg District.
National Work Zone Awareness Week 2012 is Monday, April 23 through Friday, April 27. The week honors the memory of highway workers killed on duty, and aims to prevent further injuries and fatalities in work zones. This year’s theme is “Don’t Barrel Through Work Zones! Drive Smart to Arrive Alive.”
When driving through a work zone, motorists can keep themselves and highway workers safe from harm by reducing their speed and eliminating distractions. This allows travelers to give their undivided attention to new traffic patterns outlined by variable message boards, flagging crews, and orange cones or barrels.
“When you see a ‘Road Work Ahead’ sign, please heed this warning to slow down, pay attention and focus on the direction given by highway workers,” said Greg Henion, Assistant District Administrator for Construction, VDOT Fredericksburg District. “We want everyone to reach their destination safely. Let’s work together to protect the men and women who are working to provide roadway improvements that benefit our community.”
Recent traffic data shows 8 people were killed in work zone-related crashes in Virginia during 2010. Nationally, 576 people were killed in work zone crashes that year. The majority of victims in work zone crashes are motorists, as opposed to highway workers.
Next week, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office will increase patrols and enforcement surrounding VDOT work zones.
“The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is eager to partner with VDOT to help ensure that the highway workers can perform their work assignment in a safe environment,” stated Sheriff Charles Jett. “I know the citizens of Stafford join me in our appreciation of the road improvements being made in our area and are sensitive to the potential danger highway workers face when working on roadways.”
Two VDOT construction work zones are currently active in Stafford:
- A bridge rehabilitation project is underway through August on Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) at Aquia Creek, west of Joshua Road. Temporary traffic signals will be placed at both ends of the bridge in May.
- New turn lanes and pedestrian crossings are being built at the intersection of Route 610 and Route 684 (Mine Road/Staffordboro Boulevard), which involves evening lane closures through July.
In addition, mobile work zones are scheduled on a weekly basis in Stafford and the entire Fredericksburg District for maintenance work. Projects may include the inspection of bridges and culverts, drainage improvements, mowing, pothole repair, and lane markings.
Other active construction projects in the Fredericksburg District include:
- Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass, Phase II
- Westbound Route 207 bridge replacement at CSX railroad tracks, Caroline County
- Route 301 bridge rehabilitation at the Rappahannock River, Caroline and King George counties
- Route 3 Norris Bridge painting, Lancaster and Middlesex counties
- Route 3 bridge rehabilitation at Piankatank River, Mathews and Middlesex counties
- Southbound Route 17 (Main Street) bridge rehabilitation at Fox Mill Run, Gloucester County
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.