The Wyoming Department of Transportation, the Wyoming Office of Tourism and tourism agencies around the state are teaming up this travel season for Operation Orange. The moniker is being used to heighten awareness of and educate drivers of the importance of work zone safety on Wyoming highways and byways.
In Sheridan, as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, Sheridan Travel & Tourism and the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce will be doing their part in the campaign, says STT Director Penny Becker.
Of course, work zones are a necessity when it comes to keeping Wyoming's roadways maintained and safe enough on which to drive. The few minutes of inconvenience caused by delays could be life saving, says Becker.
In fact, each year in the United states, hundreds of people are killed in work zone crashes, and tens of thousands are injured. Construction workers and travelers alike are at risk, and in Wyoming, just since 2009, seven people have been killed and more than 175 injured in crashes which occurred in or near work zones.
National Work Zone Awareness Week is set for April 4th – 8th, and Governor Matt Mead will sign a proclamation at the Wyoming Office of Tourism and Welcome Center in Cheyenne designating Wyoming's involvement in the week.