Gov. Walker announces Work Zone Awareness Week

By: Mike Lopez Email
By: Mike Lopez Email

Eau Claire -- (WEAU) Governor Walker has designated next week, April 7-11, Work Zone Awareness Week.
The Governor's office says they hope to help prevent accidents in road construction and maintenance zones.
The state wants drivers to remember work zones typically feature narrow lanes, shifting lanes, temporary pavements, lower speed limits, and night construction.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says nine people lost their lives in nearly 1,600 Wisconsin work zone crashes. Nearly 700 people were hurt.
WisDOT says the state's Move Over Law helps protect workers by requiring drivers to shift lanes if possible or slow down in order to provide a safety zone for a law enforcement vehicle, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing.
In the Eau Claire area, Interstate 94 from Highway 93 to Highway 37 is one big work zone. Road crews are replacing bridges and pavement along this stretch of highway.

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