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April 3, 2017

Virginia Transportation Museum building lit in orange as part of National Work Zone Week

 SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) joins road builders and local, state and federal transportation officials, to participate in National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7, with the goal of educating motorists about the potential dangers we all face when driving through highway work zones. 


Last year, there were 2,427 work zone related crashes leading to 1,170 injuries and 10 fatalities in Virginia. There are an average of 50 active work zones per day within the 12 counties of the Salem District.


For VDOT’s Salem District, several activities are planned locally to observe the week and help highlight the importance of work zone safety: 


    • For the first time, VDOT has partnered with the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke where orange lights will illuminate the front entrance of the museum at night throughout the week and a truck mounted attenuator (crash cushion) along with barrels, cones and signs used in work zones will also be displayed in support of sharing the importance of work zone safety for everyone on our roadways.
    • Motorists on Interstate 581 in Roanoke may notice the message “Respect the Cone Zone” spelled out in orange fence cups along the highway traveling southbound just past the Peters Creek Road exit.
    • On Tuesday, April 4, VDOT invites you to attend a vigil at the VDOT Workers’ Memorial on Afton Mountain at 6:30 p.m., which honors the lives of VDOT workers who died while performing their jobs.
    • Wednesday, April 5, is national “Go Orange Day.” Everyone is encouraged to wear orange in support of work zone safety across the country. Share your pictures and support with us on Twitter and Facebook! #GoOrangeVa
    • Follow our Twitter page @VaDOTSalem and share our messages, pictures and hashtags throughout the week.

More information about Work Zone Awareness Week is available on VDOT’s website:

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