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April 1, 2011
VIGIL TO HONOR DEPARTED TRANSPORTATION WORKERS
National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 4-8
What: In honor of National Work Zone Awareness Week, The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will host a vigil dedicated to transportation workers who died while performing their jobs in roadway work zones.
When: Monday, April 4
Where: VDOT’s Workers’ Memorial
Afton Mountain, Albemarle County
The VDOT Workers’ Memorial is located on eastbound Interstate 64, near mile marker 102 on the east side of Afton Mountain.
Speakers: Sean T. Connaughton, Secretary of Transportation
Jim Utterback, VDOT Culpeper District Administrator
Jeff Southard, Executive Vice President, Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance
Trooper Thomas M. Skehan, Virginia State Police
George Coleman, Maintenance Superintendent, Bon Air Area Headquarters, VDOT
Background: In Virginia in 2009 seven people were killed in five crashes in highway work zones. Another 1,721 people were injured in more than 3,200 crashes. Nationally, in 2008 work zone crashes accounted for two percent of those killed in highway crashes -- 720 workers and motorists were killed in highway work zones and more than 40,000 people injured. On average, four out of five people killed in work zone crashes are drivers, not highway workers.
VDOT will observe National Work Zone Awareness Week April 4-8. The agency will urge drivers to use extra care when navigating roadway work zones. This year’s theme -- “Safer driving. Safer work zones. For everyone.” -- emphasizes the part that motorists play in keeping everyone safe in highway work zones.
For more information about work zone safety, visit the Work Zone Safety page on VDOT’s web site: www.virginiadot.org/programs/prog-wzsa-default.asp
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