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Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign, held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones across the country. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.

The national observance is coordinated through Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), in partnership with state Departments of Transportation.

Each year, NWZAW has a new theme and kickoff event in a host state. In addition to the national event, each state hosts their own events.


NWZAW Poster 2018

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2018 is April 9-13 with the theme "Work Zone Safety: Everybody's Responsibility." The national kickoff event will be hosted by the State of Illinois on Tuesday, April 10, near the Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction project in the Chicago metro area.

Go Orange Day 2018 is Wednesday, April 11. All roadway safety professionals across the country are encouraged to wear orange to proudly show their support of work zone safety.


TDOT will observe NWZAW 2018* with several regional events including Go Orange Day.

Pictures and videos of state events will be posted here. You can also check out TDOT on social media!

Regional Barrel Display

TDOT is divided into four regions (Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, and Jackson) covering east, middle, and west Tennessee. During NWZAW, each region sets up a barrel display along a highly-traveled route, with each barrel representing a TDOT worker killed in the line of duty. In 2018, there will be 112 barrels in each display.

Creature Contest

For the last two years, TDOT workers in the Region 3 district offices were encouraged to participate in a Creature Contest for NWZAW. This year, the competition will be held in regions and district offices statewide. The task is for each office to construct a “creature” using materials that are either past their useful life or will be re-used. The contest is a team-building exercise that allows workers to have an active role in NWZAW by helping raise awareness for work zone safety. Look for the creatures on TDOT social media for your chance to vote on a winner! (Pictured: 2017 Creature Contest entries)

*In 2017, TDOT unveiled a statewide initiative and asked motorists to "Work with Us." NWZAW 2018 events will be focused on this initiative, with limited use of the national theme. To learn more about the ongoing safety campaign, click on "Work with Us" on the menu to the left.