CT DOT puts a spotlight on work zone safety: ‘The horrific crashes are up’ with three fatalities last year

Hundreds of drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians die every year in crashes in work zones nationwide, including three such fatalities in Connecticut last year. And in 2020, there were nearly 900 accidents in work zones with four fatalities in the state, according to the University of Connecticut’s CT Crash Data Repository. As construction season begins each spring, the industry honors those killed and raises awareness of work zone accidents and deaths. This year, the annual National Work Zone Awareness Week runs from April 11 through April 15. Work zone workers include DOT staff doing the construction, police officers and state troopers monitoring and ensuring the safety of the work zone and tow truck drivers assisting at the work sites. In Connecticut DOT’s history, 37 workers have been killed on the job in work zone accidents. A memorial featuring ribbon-wrapped orange construction cones is in the DOT lobby year-round as a constant reminder of the risks that workers face daily.


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