holmes const 042821 Joins IDOT to “Go Orange” during Transportation Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

SPRINGFIELD – To help increase awareness of the avoidable dangers in work zones and to honor those workers who have died in work zones accidents throughout Illinois, State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) reminds drivers to be more aware during the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.

Bridges and buildings throughout the state will be turning orange this week to honor those who have died in work zones and to raise awareness as IDOT signals the start of another construction season.

“Imagine a line of vehicles driving through your work place at 60 mph or higher, possibly on uneven pavement—this is a high risk situation,” Holmes said. “Lower speed zones and signs are there for your protection as well as workers’, so please stay alert and keep your speed down while driving through these work zones.” 

In 2019, 842 people were killed and 39,100 injured in work zone crashes. Illinois averages 6,400 crashes in work zones each year, resulting in 1,700 injuries and 34 deaths. More than 9 out of 10 deaths are someone other than a worker, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Visit IDOT’s Work Zone page for more information.