CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Governor Bill Haslam announced Monday that April 15 through 19 will be Work Zone Awareness week.
The week will serve to remind motorists to drive safely in work zones and highlight the complexities of these zones.
TDOT will help spread the message in an effort to improve safety in Tennessee's interstate and highway construction and maintenance work zones.
Last year in Tennessee, of the 12 people who died in work zone crashes, nine were either drivers or vehicle passengers, and three were construction workers. TDOT has lost 108 employees in the line of duty since 1948.
"As we head into the busy construction season, motorists will encounter more maintenance workers, utility personnel, and construction workers on Tennessee's roadways," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. "I want to remind all drivers to stay alert and focused and exercise caution and patience when driving through work zones across the state. Doing so will help ensure everyone stays safe."
Several buildings across the state will be lit orange in awareness.