April 23-27, 2012, is National Work Zone Awareness Week. For many years, the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Infrastructure Safety and Training Institute has taught Work Zone Traffic Control to make Texas safer. Next week, on April 24 in Weatherford, Texas, that course will be delivered for the 776th time.
“In observance of National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, we encourage all road workers to have in place only those devices which will guide the road users safely through work zones and protect the road workers,” said Dick Gumtau, instructor for the course with over 40 years of experience. “We also encourage all road users to obey all work zone devices in order to get safely through the work zones and allow the road workers to safely do their work.”
For nearly 30 years, TEEX has worked alongside the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) using courses like Work Zone Traffic Control to improve traffic safety in highway work zones across Texas.
Our training has reached many of Texas’ counties and towns. TEEX is also the leading trainer of work zone traffic control for TxDOT and TxDOT’s contractors. During the past five years alone, TEEX has trained more than 17,000 public and private roadway workers in work zone traffic control and in traffic flagging procedures. Classes are taught throughout the state in both English and Spanish in an ongoing effort to drive down traffic crashes in Texas.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has set aside the week of April 23-27 to draw public attention to the need for special driving care in work zone areas. Traffic crashes are higher in work zones than where work is not under way. That is why the TxDOT-TEEX partnership has long provided traffic control training to improve work zone safety.
So, as the nation focuses awareness on work zone safety, Texans can feel safe in the knowledge that TEEX and TxDOT continue to partner in bringing vital training to every corner of the Lone Star State.