National Work Zone Awareness Week begins Monday

Posted at 5:47 AM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 10:02:32-04

As the weather begins to warm up across the area, that means you'll be seeing more construction barrels as crews begin to repair Michigan roads.

On Monday, the Michigan Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that National Work Zone Awareness Week will begin.

MDOT tells the story of 27-year-old Justin Vallad, a construction worker for Surveying Solutions Inc. Justin was hit and killed on I-94 at 12 Mile in St. Clair Shores on March 10, 2012. His wife, Amy, was expecting their second child when he was killed.

The week reminds drivers and serves as a wakeup call to pay attention and drive safely at all times. 

Also, on Wednesday, they are asking people to wear orange in support for the Vallad family and all road workers in Michigan. You can post a photo of you wearing orange on social media using the hashtags #Orange4Safety and #NWZAW.

Preliminary information from 2017 shows there were 3,204 work zone crashes with 25 people killed.