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Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
Aug 2, 2002



Columbus- The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is encouraging Ohio State Fair guests to visit its interactive exhibit to learn lifesaving safety information about highway construction zones.

The exhibit reflects the department's commitment to safety, especially in the hundreds of construction zones around the state. Work zone safety is always a concern for ODOT. Every year, accidents occur in work zones resulting in serious injury and death. ODOT's goal is to educate people about the importance of obeying reduced speed limits, using extra caution and paying attention in an effort to reduce the number of accidents in construction zones.

"The state fair is an important opportunity to share our message about safety in the work zone with those traveling through the hundreds of work zones we build each year," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. "Safety in construction zones is a priority for us and we hope by educating people about the dangers and offering simple precautions they can follow in an effort to stay safe, we will save lives."

Every year in Ohio more than 1,800 people are injured or killed in construction zone crashes. The majority of those injured are motorists who are involved in accidents with other vehicles, construction equipment or barriers. Congress views the danger is a serious threat and is holding hearings to investigate means by which the numbers of fatalities can be decreased.

Some of the highlights of ODOT's display include a tunnel outfitted with aerial photographs of the U.S. Route 33 Lancaster Bypass project, highway signs and heavy equipment. The tunnel also includes an audio presentation of actors telling different stories from the work zone. Characters range from construction workers to truckers to children telling brief stories on the "Highway Radio Network" strongly urging caution and safety in the zone.

The ODOT exhibit is located in the northeast section of the Marketplace Building, directly across from the Celeste Center.