Bridges and buildings throughout the state are turning orange this week to honor those who have died in work zones and to raise awareness towards the start of another construction season. April 26th-30th is considered “Work Zone Safety Awareness Week” in Illinois.
In 2019, 842 people were killed and 39,100 were injured in work zone crashes nationally. Illinois averages 6,400 crashes in work zones each year resulting in 1,700 injuries and 34 deaths. More than 9 out of 10 deaths are from someone other than a worker. This includes drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. For more information on road work taking place in Illinois visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com.