This is Work Zone Awareness Week in Indiana. It marks the ceremonial start to the highway construction season and is designed to remind us of the need for driving safely in areas where road construction is underway. IN-DOT says they have 770 projects on their schedule around the state this spring, summer and fall, which means thousands of workers will be stationed in those road work zones. The most common type of accident in a work zone is a rear-end collision caused by a driver who doesn’t notice that traffic is slowing or stopped in front of him. Last year, 17 people were killed and more than 700 people were injured in Indiana highway work zone crashes.
Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org or by calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone. Information about projects and restrictions is also available at www.INDOT.IN.gov, by following INDOT on social media and subscribing to receive INDOT text and email updates.