As the weather improves, motorists can expect to see an increased number of road construction projects. This week, April 8 through April 12, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania observes 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 10 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.

This week is a great reminder that when you encounter any work zones, drive smart and stay alert for your safety and the safety of highway workers.

Staying alert, slowing down and minimizing distractions are keys to personal safety and the safety of work zone crews.

Throughout 2019, 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 Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Vice President and General Manager Mike Davidson. “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.”

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