News release: April 17, 2023
National Work Zone Awareness Week – April 17 to 21, 2023
Everyone plays a role in work zone safety.
BRAMPTON, ON (April 17, 2023) – National Work Zone Awareness Week is an annual spring campaign. It's held at the start of construction season to:
- Encourage safe driving through work zones.
- Remind drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians that work zone safety is everyone's responsibility.
As construction season begins, many road, water, and wastewater construction projects are getting underway across Peel. While it can be frustrating to travel through work zones, this construction is vital for building new infrastructure and maintaining Peel's roads, watermains and sewers.
A work zone is any area where crews are working on the road in or near traffic and includes both stationery and rolling work zones like those created by line painting vehicles. This work can impact speed limits, number of lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes, turning ability and visibility within the zone.
Travelling through work zones require extra caution.
To help keep everyone safe:
Be aware. Pay attention to the signage posted throughout work zones. These signs warn drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists that they're approaching construction and will direct everyone safely through the work zone.
- Stay focused. Keep your eyes on the road and avoid all distractions such as cellphones and eating while driving.
- Slow down and keep your distance. Lane closures, reduced speeds, and traffic pattern shifts are common in work zones. Be alert and expect the unexpected.
- Protect workers. Slow down as you approach workers. Give them room to work and be prepared to stop.
- Plan ahead. Use our new construction map to see where current and upcoming construction is happening on Peel routes.
For more information, visit Work zone safety.
Work zones play a key role in maintaining and upgrading our roadways. We understand these disruptions cause delays and can be unexpected. Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists need to do their part in following directions so that we can all get home safely while we continue to improve our road network for the travelling public.
Kealy Dedman, Commissioner, Public Works
Region of Peel
About Peel Region
Peel Region works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.