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April 2, 2018

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 9-13

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 9-13, and Chandler’s Police and Public Works and Utilities departments remind motorists to slow down in construction zones.
 
A number of road improvement projects are underway in Chandler, including improvements to major arterials like Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road, plus annual slurry seal and repaving projects on local neighborhood streets.

Driving through these and other construction zones in excess of the posted speed limit risks the lives of workers, plus motorists run the risk of injury by striking barricades or dislodging temporary steel plates that cover deep trenches.

According to annual statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 765 people were killed in 2016 (most recent data available) as a result of motor vehicle crashes in work zones. In Arizona, nine people died in work zone crashes.

When approaching street construction, be watchful for roadway workers and their equipment to ensure the safety of workers, as well as yourself and passengers.