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Monday start of state’s Work Zone Awareness Week

Next week is Work Zone Awareness Week in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said in a news release that the goal is to help prevent traffic crashes in road construction and maintenance work zones. Such crashes can injure or kill drivers and workers.

WisDOT officials said the department plans on using temporary rumble strips on a dozen state highway projects, as well as employing both electronic highway signs and social media to remind drivers to slow down in work zones.

Walker has also recently signed a law barring drivers from using cellphones in work zones.

According to WisDOT, three highway workers were killed from traffic crashes last year:

  • A worker in Calumet County who was in a sweeper truck that was rear-ended by a vehicle;
  • a flagger for the Shawano County Highway Department who was struck by a van at an intersection near Gresham; and
  • another flagger for the Lincoln County Highway Department who was struck by a car near Merrill.

 

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Alex Zank is a construction reporter for The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 414-225-1820.

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