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Work Zones On Display

display in front of museumApril 18, 2019: For the third year, the Virginia Department of Transportation's Salem District collaborated with the Virginia Museum of Transportation located in Roanoke by hosting a display to raise awareness during Work Zone Awareness Week.

This year, the Southwest and Hanging Rock area headquarters teamed up to set up the display featuring a dump truck, front loader, plow painted by Salem High School and a miniature work zone with rumble strips.

Museum visitors could interact with the equipment and be reminded what to do when they see them from behind the wheel.

The museum also hosted other activities during the week and the staff joined VDOT employees in wearing orange on Go Orange Day.

Getting Schooled On Work Zones

Steve BellApril 11, 2019: Reporters were invited to join driver-education students for “Work Zones 101” at Strasburg High School in Shenandoah County recently.

The event was part of the VDOT Staunton District’s public outreach in advance of National Work Zone Awareness Week.
 
Transportation Operator Steve Bell travels to high schools throughout the northern Shenandoah Valley to share work zone safety presentations with the newest generation of motorists.

“I include some videos and the latest statistics, and try to keep it interactive,” said Bell, based at the Winchester area headquarters.

“The kids ask a lot of good questions, which hopefully means we’re reaching them before they get out there and start driving.”
 
Attendees also saw a demonstration of portable temporary rumble strips, designed to snap motorists to attention as they approach a highway work zone.

ABC News Visits Charlottesville During Winter Storm

Duane JohnsonMarch 11, 2019: During the late February winter storm, ABC News rolled into the Culpeper District’ Yancey Mills Area Headquarters in Albemarle County and rode along with veteran snowplow operator Duane “Chock” Johnson.

In a live report for Good Morning America’s Digital Edition, reporter Stephanie Ramos talked about road conditions in Virginia and asked Duane about safety tips for drivers during the storm.

“Four-wheel drive does not make you invincible,” Johnson said.

“I’ve had people come by me with four-wheel drive, through the 40 years I’ve been doing this, and next thing you know, they’re in the ditch.

"Go slow, take your time and you’ll get to where you’re going. Keep a distance from the car in front of you.”

The team also went live on Facebook and produced a story that appeared on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.

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