Transportation officials hope to reduce work zone fatalities

There are numerous construction projects happening in the Valley, including work on Interstate 80 and Trumbull County bridges

Road work sign

On the heels of National Work Zone Awareness Week, transportation officials are asking motorists to constantly be alert and prepared for orange barrels and construction zones.

They say last year was the deadliest in more than a decade in Ohio work zones, with 30 fatalities.

There are numerous construction projects happening in the Valley. Thomas Underwood of Ohio Laborer’s Lecet says awareness is key, and this year they’re hoping to significantly reduce the number of fatalities in work zones.

“We’re trying to get the word out this year with the major projects, whether it be on Route 80 or the bridges here in Trumbull and Mahoning Counties, to get people to slow down, respect the barrel and try to keep things safe,” Underwood said.

Officials say the most frequent type of work zone crash is a rear-end collision. Many of them occur because drivers are using their cell phones.

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