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Drivers urged to use caution during road construction projects

The Newkirk Herald Journal May 27, 2020 By Everett Brazil, III


NEWKIRK — Road Construction is a highly-important role in the transportation sector, as workers seek to rehabilitee roads and bridges for the safety of the public. It is also highly dangerous, as many vehicles, from small cars to large semi-trucks, move through construction work zones each day, and many workers, including private contractors as well at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) have been hurt or killed by drivers, whether that be from speeding or unattended driving. It is for those reasons that ODOT recognizes National Work Zone Safety week to warn drivers of the dangers of work zones.

Nation Work Zone Awareness Safety Week was celebrated April 20 – 24, by the National Traffic Safety Services Association. ODOT chose to recognize it May 11 – 15.

“We observe Work Zone Safety Awareness Week in the month of April, but due to COVID-19, and many of the closures, and less traffic at the time, we chose to hold it in May, “ said Rick Howland, ODOT Division Four Construction Engineer. Division four includes Kay County..


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