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Go Orange Day Raises Safety Awareness in Polk

Published on Apr 27, 2021

Polk County's Roads and Drainage crews face the constant threat of danger when they are out on job sites every day.

Distracted and impatient drivers, folks who want to speed through work zones and others who don't want to pay attention to changes in driving directions all pose significant dangers to the women and men who help keep Polk's roadways in working order.

Those threats are ever increasing with new construction, both residential and commercial, constant throughout the county. That means more work zones to maneuver and an increase in the likelihood an accident will occur. Polk County is responsible for more than 2,500 miles of roadway that covers an area of more than 2,000 square miles.

To help prevent that from happening, Polk's Roads and Drainage crews want to help promote Go Orange Day, as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week. This is an annual event that began in 2000 and takes place across the U.S., with partnerships between state departments of transportation, national road safety organizations, government agencies, private companies and individuals. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.

National Go Orange Day falls on April 28 this year and is designated to help raise work zone safety awareness. It's a time for individuals and organizations across the country to show support for work zone safety by wearing orange.

In an effort to stop work zone crashes, this nationwide effort was first introduced by the Federal Highway Administration as a new component of National Work Zone Awareness Week in 2016.