MnDOT Reminds of Work Zone Awareness

Nearly 800 Accidents Happen Each Year During Minnesota's Construction Season

DULUTH, Minn. – Each year in Minnesota almost 800 crashes happen just in work zones alone.

It’s why the Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking to raise awareness during the week of April 3 through April 7.

On average, seven people die each year in Minnesota because of work zone related accidents.

With summer construction season setting in, MnDOT wants to remind drivers to obey work zone speeds, make sure you’re paying attention to flag workers and drive without being distracted.

District Work Zone Safety Coordinator David Mavec spends much of his day checking for proper signage and making sure drivers are aware of work zone conditions.

“If you’re distracted, you’re not paying attention. Driving in a work zone is far more complicated than just driving down the road,” said Mavec.

More than 200 construction zones are scheduled throughout Minnesota this season. Many projects have already started.

“We already had an incident in the Northland last Friday where somebody got into one of our work zones and knocked over a barricade. It’s an ongoing battle out there,” said Mavec.

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