The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) joins the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and other safety partners in observing the 2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week.
"SCDOT urges motorists to slow down when entering work zones and to always expect the unexpected," Secretary of Transportation Janet P. Oakley said. "Day and night, our employees and contractors are working to improve South Carolina's transportation system. Please allow them to do their jobs safely so they can go home to their families at the end of the day."
National Work Zone Awareness Week is March 23 – 27.
The Federal Highway Administration says on average 85 percent of the deaths in highway work zones crashes are drivers and passengers in vehicles. On average, there is a work zone fatality every 15 hours in the United States.
As the temperature rises, expect to see additional work zones established across the state establishing lane closures, detours, and traffic shifts.
"Traffic lanes may be shifted in work zones, so it is very important for motorists to pay attention to signs and road crew flaggers," Oakley said.
This Public Service Announcement video, created by AASHTO for the National Work Zone Awareness Campaign, highlights this year's theme: Expect the Unexpected.
For more information on this year's National Work Zone Awareness Week, visit http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/wz_awareness.htm, follow @USDOTFHWA on Twitter, or search trending topics #NWZAW and #safeworkzones.