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April 9, 2018

The Virginia Transportation Museum building goes orange tonight and messaging featured on I-581

SALEM –With a goal of educating motorists about the potential dangers we all face when driving through highway work zones, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) joins road builders and local, state and federal transportation officials this week, to participate in National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13.

Last year, 2,666 work zone crashes resulted in 1,329 injuries and 12 fatalities throughout Virginia resulting in a 10 percent increase from 2016. As construction season begins, National Work Zone Awareness Week is promoting the theme “Work Zone Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility.”

“This week is a reminder that our employees and contractors put their lives on the line in work zones every day while working to improve travel for motorists in Virginia. It's our responsibility as drivers to ensure they have a safe place to work and return home to their families each day," states Ken King, VDOT Salem District Engineer.

To kick off the week, 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 beginning tonight, Monday, April 9. VDOT vehicles and work zone equipment is also displayed in front of the museum in support of the importance of work zone safety for everyone working and driving on our roadways.

"The Virginia Museum of Transportation is proud to partner with VDOT in support of National Work Zone Awareness Week. Our team plans to wear orange on Go Orange Wednesday as a gesture of support, especially to the families of victims who have lost their lives in work zone crashes. We encourage others in the community to do the same," shared Lisa Sphar, Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

As pictured, motorists on Interstate 581 in Roanoke may notice the message “Slow Down in Work Zones” spelled out in orange fence cups along the highway traveling northbound in front of Valley View Mall.

For VDOT’s Salem District, the above activities as well as those below are planned to highlight the importance of work zone safety: 

  • On Tuesday, April 10, 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 Virginia highway workers who died while performing their jobs.
  • Wednesday, April 11, 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! #NWZAW #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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