IDOT, Illinois State Police and others urge caution in work zones

IDOT, along with Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway, Missouri Department of Transportation, industry partners and frontline construction workers joined forces at events across Illinois during National Work Zone Awareness Week to tell motorists, “You play a role in work zone safety. Work with us.”

“The color orange has come to symbolize that everyone, from the workers in the field on down to the traveling public, can play a role in eliminating work zone crashes and fatalities,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “We deeply appreciate and give thanks to all of our partners who share our goal to make this the safest construction season ever in Illinois.”

Visit IDOT’s Work Zone page for additional facts, printable materials and information on projects this year in Illinois.

Illinois Goes Orange!

Image from the Illinois Department of Transportation

Buildings and bridges across Illinois got a head start for the upcoming construction season, lighting up in bright shades of orange to remind people to slow down in work zones. Among the participants that turned their lights orange at night to honor those who died in work zones and to recognize “Work Zone Safety Awareness Week” in Illinois:

  • BOMA/Chicago, as part of its Illuminate Chicago program. The organization represents more than 200 buildings in downtown Chicago, including the iconic Willis Tower.
  • Rock Island’s Centennial Bridge
  • Peoria’s Murray Baker Bridge
  • Quad Cities Interstate 74 Mississippi River Bridge
  • Rockford’s Morgan Street Bridge, City Hall and Embassy Suites Hotel
  • The Interstate 74 Mississippi River Bridge in the Quad Cities