(UKTN DETROIT) – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited M-59 Hall Road Rebuilding Michigan in Clinton Township for a National Work Area Safety Awareness Week event.
The purpose of the event was to encourage drivers to use caution as they pass through work areas as construction season approaches and workers begin repairing Michigan roads and bridges.
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Macomb County Director Mark Hackel joined him.
“We all need to do our part to keep the roads safe for our workers this construction season,” Governor Whitmer said. “Stay alert in construction areas, follow all posted signs and slow down to protect our construction workers and save a life. The orange construction barrels are a positive sign that we are fixing the roads, but they also remind us to be careful. “
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual event that draws national attention to worker and motorist safety in construction zones.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the event, which first took place in Virginia in 2000.
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The site where the launch event is now held alternates annually from being hosted in the Washington, DC area to different locations across the United States.
MDOT hosted the National Work Zone Awareness Week 2021 launch event with the theme ‘Drive Safe. Safe work. Save lives.”
Project M-59 is part of a $ 63 million investment in rebuilding Michigan that would rebuild and improve approximately 4.5 miles of M-59 from Romeo Plank Road to I-94 and support 800 jobs. This project is expected to be completed in November 2022.
In January 2020, the State Transportation Commission (STC) authorized MDOT to issue $ 3.5 billion in four-year bonds to finance infrastructure improvements, under authority granted by the Michigan Constitution and the Public Act 51 of 1951.
The funding raised through the bond sale will fund new projects statewide and free up funds already dedicated to those projects for other projects, expanding the scope of this work or advancing project schedules.
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