Iowa DOT News

National Work Zone Safety Awareness kickoff event set for April 3


    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – March 20, 2009 –The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) invites media and the public to attend a news conference April 3 to kick off National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.

April 6-10 marks the 10th anniversary of National Work Zone Awareness Week. The national campaign is conducted every year at the start of the construction season to attract national attention for motorists to drive carefully through highway construction and repair sites. Each year, approximately 1,000 people are killed in roadway work zones and, with the recent enactment of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that supports a good deal of highway repair and construction funding, this year will be one of the most active highway repair seasons in recent memory.

Safety officials will kick off the program with comments on work zone safety. Iowa DOT and Nebraska Department of Roads representatives will be on hand to share information on the outlook for projects in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Representatives from Iowa’s construction industry will round out the presentation, sharing their perspective on the 2009 construction season.


Work Zone Safety Awareness Week kickoff


When:  Friday, April 3, 1 p.m.

Where:  Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave., Council Bluffs

Why:  To focus attention on work zone safety




Contact: Mark Bortle at 515-239-1587 or [email protected]



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