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During National Work Zone Awareness Week, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Reminds Drivers to Slow Down, Stay Safe

Monday, April 03, 2017

As the weather improves in the spring and summer months, motorists can expect to see an increase in the number of road construction projects.  This week, April 3 through April 7, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania marks National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) and reminds motorists to follow good safety practices in work zones, not only this week, but every time they encounter road work crews.

As part of NWZAW, April 5 is “Go Orange” Day, and Columbia Gas encourages people to show support for work zone safety and for families affected by work zone accidents by wearing orange.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, 4,400 persons died in work zone crashes over the past five years.  Staying alert, slowing down and minimizing distractions are keys to personal safety and the safety of work zone crews.

“This week is a great reminder that when you encounter work zones across Pennsylvania, drive smart and stay alert for your safety and the safety of our highway workers,” said State Senator Camera Bartolotta, who also is a member of the State Senate Transportation Committee.  “As we continue to improve Pennsylvania’s roadways and bridges, we urge motorists to follow the work zone laws of the commonwealth because work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

Throughout 2017, Columbia Gas will be continuing to upgrade gas pipelines across its service areas to safely, efficiently and reliably deliver natural gas to our customers.  If you encounter Columbia Gas work crews on the road, following these simple tips just might save a life:

  • Expect the unexpected – Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may change, and people may be working on or near the road.
  • Slow down – Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.
  • Keep your distance – Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you and don’t tailgate.
  • Pay attention to the signs – Observe the posted signs until you see the one that says you’ve left the work zone.
  • Obey road crew flaggers – A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying his or her directions.
  • Stay alert and minimize distractions – Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones while driving.

“The safety of our customers and our workers is our top priority,” said Wes Soyster, director of construction for Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. “Take time during this special week to keep work zone safety in mind and use caution whenever you encounter road construction projects to protect yourself and to protect workers.”

For more information about Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania’s focus on work zone safety, please visit www.ColumbiaGasPA.com/stay-safe/work-zone-safety.

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