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Wisconsin recognizes "Work Zone Awareness Week"


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Former Governor Tommy Thompson used to say there are only two seasons in Wisconsin – winter and road construction.

With that in mind, current Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed this week as “Work Zone Awareness Week” in the Badger State.

Winter is supposedly winding down. And once construction begins, officials say we’ll have to drive through narrow lanes, temporary pavement, and nighttime road work – all at slower speeds.

Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb says rear-end crashes are the most frequent ones in construction zones. He says it puts workers at a bigger risk – but actually, 3 of every 4 people killed in work zone crashes are motorists.

Last year, the DOT said six people died in construction zones, with 733 injuries and 1,700 total crashes. Gottlieb also reminds drivers that fines double in work zones.