As the construction season ramps up, Tennessee American Water joins utilities and organizations across the country to highlight National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), which runs from April 17-21, 2023. 

NWZAW was launched more than 20 years ago to raise public awareness about work zone safety and the importance of using extra caution when traveling through work zones to keep roadway workers and motorists safe.

According to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, there were 774 fatal crashes nationwide in work zones resulting in 857 deaths in 2020. Twenty-two of these work zone fatalities were in Tennessee. 

“Work zone safety week provides the opportunity to remind everyone to stay alert when traveling in work zones,” said Grant Evitts, President of Tennessee American Water. “Our team spends a lot of time on the roads in the communities where we serve and perform critical work.  Your safety, as well as the safety of our employees, is important to us.”     

Keep these tips, from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in mind when traveling in work zones: 

Learn more about American Water’s approach to safety.