April 03, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

National Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week will be observed April 6-10, 2009. It’s the 10th year anniversary for the annual work zone safety campaign and the theme for this year is: “Drive to Survive - Our Future is Riding On It!”

During the spring season, road construction and maintenance projects such as street repairs, sweepings, refreshing of pavement markings as well as major construction will be starting up on Springfield’s roads and across America. This year, the U.S. Department of Transportation expects a significant increase in road construction due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which will provide funding for many road construction and repair projects across the United States.

Highway work zones are considered one of the most hazardous places for workers in the United States, but they also are dangerous for motorists. National statistics show that each year about 1,000 people die in work zones throughout America, and 85 percent of them are drivers and their passengers. About 40,000 people were injured in work zones in 2007 and statistics show that most vehicular crashes are rear-end crashes and collisions with fixed objects.

Within the City of Springfield, work-zone crashes represented 0.44 percent of all reported crashes. There were 33 reported crashes within work zones in 2008; eight resulted in injury crashes, but there were no fatalities. This translates to a 54 percent decrease in all work-zone crashes compared to 2007 statistics when 71 work-zone traffic crashes occurred with 20 injuries and no fatalities.

Motorists are advised to be aware of safety hazards and follow these steps:

The City of Springfield and the Missouri Department of Transportation offer traffic information on the joint Transportation Management Center’s Web site: www.ozarkstraffic.info. The information includes the latest news releases, information about City work zones, and images for the traffic cameras. For the latest on MoDOT work zones and road closures, go to www.modot.org to view the Traveler Information Map.

For more information, contact: Mandy Taylor, Senior Engineering Technician, 864-1801.

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov