ODOT “going orange” for Work Zone Safety Awareness Week
Ohioans encouraged to participate in “Go Orange Day” April 5th
COLUMBUS (Wednesday, April 5, 2017) – The Ohio Department of Transportation will light two structures orange to promote safety in work zones and to commemorate Work Zone Safety Awareness Week (April 3-7). The George V. Voinovich Bridge in Cleveland and the I-75 wall through downtown Dayton will be lit orange tonight.
“Safety is always our top priority at ODOT,” said Director Jerry Wray. “We want to ensure our employees are getting home to their families each night, so we’re asking drivers to follow traffic laws, slow down and move over for our men and women working on our roads and bridges.”
Work zone crashes have increased an average of 18 percent the past two years. Last year, there were 28 fatalities in Ohio work zones. A total of 161 ODOT employees have lost their lives while working on our roads.
Construction season officially kicked off across Ohio last week, so drivers should expect to see more workers across the state. Ohio’s Move Over Law requires motorists to cautiously shift over one lane — or slow down if changing lanes is not possible — when passing any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of a road. Its purpose is to protect everyone who works on our roads and everyone who travels on them.
National “Go Orange Day” is Wednesday, April 5. ODOT employees across the state will be wearing orange to show support and increase awareness of work zone safety. People across the state are invited to join ODOT and our colleagues across the country in wearing orange.
For more information, contact: Matt Bruning, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-466-6906, Matt.Bruning@dot.ohio.gov