Calumet County Highway Commissioner, Brian Glaeser urges people to drive carefully in road construction and maintenance zones. The county’s message is part of the annual National Work Zone Awareness Week observance from April 26 through April 30, 2021.
“Road workers do an important job that benefits everyone, and just like anyone else, they want to make it home to their families at night. We ask that everyone stay alert and be patient while approaching work zones. Understand they need the space to do their work, and consideration by the general public. We work for you!” said Commissioner, Brian Glaeser.
According to preliminary state figures, there was more than 1,800 work zone crashes throughout the state in 2020. Work zone crashes in Wisconsin last year caused 665 injuries and 17 fatalities. Those numbers were down slightly from the year before.
In Wisconsin, work zones include maintenance jobs such as crack-filling and pothole repair as well as major highway construction and rehabilitation. There are typically 300 state highway and bridge improvement projects and other municipality-sponsored construction projects scheduled throughout Wisconsin. Work zones also include emergency response, utility work, municipal projects, and more – any time there are flashing lights, signs, barrels, or workers on the road.
Work Zone Awareness Week is sponsored by federal, state, and local transportation officials to draw attention to the safety needs of road workers during construction season. Generally, crashes occur when drivers speed through a work zone, do not pay attention to changing road conditions, focus on using their cell phones, or just running into other vehicles while not alert to the situation.
“Things can happen very fast in work zones, even when the speed limit is reduced. It is important to eliminate distractions, slow down and avoid tailgating,” said Commissioner, Brian Glaeser.
The Calumet County Highway Department workers and families thank you for your attention and wish everyone a safe construction season.
Before hitting the road, drivers are encouraged to check 511 Wisconsin (511wi.gov and @511WI on Twitter) or use the 511 Wisconsin smartphone app for updates on road conditions and traffic flow.
Learn more: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/education/workzone/default.aspx.