LIMA — The Ohio Department of Transportation, in observance of National Work Zone Awareness week, is asking drivers to pay attention during the work zone season.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has kicked off its $2.35 billion construction year with nearly 1,000 projects occurring that will preserve existing roads and bridges, enhance capacity and improve safety.
Last year there were 4,891 work zone crashes, resulting in 119 serious injuries and 19 deaths. Of the 19 killed, 18 were motorists. One was a contract worker who was struck and killed in a work zone on Interstate 70 on the west side of Columbus last September.
ODOT crews were struck 152 times last year. Ohio law requires that drivers move over or slow down when they see crews working along the roadway.
The vast majority of the crashes were caused by drivers following too close.