The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is committed to safety and wants everyone on Kentucky roadways, behind the wheel or a barrel, to return home safely. We all have a vested interest in safe work zones, and by working together, we can prevent work zone crashes, injuries, and fatalities in Kentucky. Be work zone alert by driving without distractions and slowing down.  

 The Hendersons' Story

 Why is Kentucky vested in work zone safety?

In 2023, there were 1,251 work zone crashes, resulting in 247 injuries and 17 fatalities in Kentucky. Fourteen of the fatalities were motorists/passengers.

 What is a work zone?

​A work zone, as defined by Kentucky's General Assembly, is a portion of a highway and the affected area adjacent to a lane, berm, or shoulder, including a sidewalk, where construction, reconstruction, resurfacing, maintenance, inspection, or other work of that nature is being conducted by a government agency, private contractor, or utility company.

 How does the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet promote work zone safety?

​Always committed to safety, KYTC engages, encourages, and empowers road crew workers to follow work zone safety best practices.

Through initiatives such as Glow Orange, Kentucky (asking Kentucky businesses to pledge to light their facilities orange during National Work Zone Awareness Week), social media sharing of work zone stories, events featuring the National Work Zone Memorial Wall, and participation from industry partners, KYTC raises the driving public's awareness to stay alert in active work zones. KYTC invites organizations and citizens throughout the Commonwealth to use the Cabinet’s Facebook profile frame, posts and tweets to show support for work zone safety.

 How can you make work zones safer?

The most common crash in a highway work zone is a rear-end collision. Practicing safe driving behaviors, like driving without distractions and slowing down in work zones, can save a life. Drivers can protect themselves and highway. While driving, don't text, put on makeup, or do anything that can take your eyes off the road. Drivers should also obey the posted speed limits. Speeding puts you at risk for a severe crash, double fines or a penalty of six points on your driver's license.  
National Work Zone Memorial Webpage
National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse
Radio Spot
Work Zone Safety Day Proclamation
Work Zone Awareness Fact Sheet

 Preston's Story

 Work Zone Stories

​Work Zone Memorial

If you would like to honor the loss of a loved one who passed away in a work zone, please download and fill out the submission form here, in the "​Submit a Name for the Memorial" section. Each applicant must certify that they have permission from the deceased's family or guardian to submit.

 Fallen KYTC Workers


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Glow Orange, Kentucky!

Glow Orange, Kentucky is an annual initiative of the KYTC to show visible community support for raising work zone awareness by encouraging motorists to drive without distractions and to slow down in work zones.

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