ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is observing National Work Zone Awareness Week from Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12, to encourage safe driving through highway work zones.

The week is an annual spring campaign to coincide with the start of road construction season. MnDOT officially kicked off the construction season Thursday, April 4, although many construction projects started earlier.

The theme for the week is “Drive Like You Work Here,” reminding motorists to use extra caution when driving in work zones.

More than 200 active work zones are scheduled throughout the state this construction season.

Each year in the U.S., a work zone crash occurs once every 5.4 minutes, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Every day, 70 work zone crashes occur that result in at least one injury. Every week, 12 work zone crashes occur that result in at least one fatality. Special to the Forum
Each year in the U.S., a work zone crash occurs once every 5.4 minutes, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Every day, 70 work zone crashes occur that result in at least one injury. Every week, 12 work zone crashes occur that result in at least one fatality. Special to the Forum

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In Minnesota, during the past three years, there were 31 fatalities and 123 serious injuries in work zones. For more information, visit www.mndot.gov.