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Work Zone Awareness Week in Indiana is this week marking the ceremonial start to highway construction season seeking to increase public awareness of motorist and worker safety.

In a news release it indicated that in order to take care of existing highways and bridges and aggressively build for the future, the Indiana Department of Transportation is investing more than $850 million on more than 770 construction projects scheduled to begin across the state in 2016. Positioning Indiana to remain the “Crossroads of America” means drivers will see more work zones on state highway roads and bridges.

INDOT is dedicated to continuously improving work zone safety for everyone and strives to maximize the safety and mobility of motorists and workers while maintaining as much access as possible to businesses, residents and emergency services. Drivers must also do their part to keep work zones safe for everyone.

Last year, 17 people were killed and more than 700 people were injured in Indiana highway work zone crashes.

Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at or by calling 1-800-261-ROAD or 511 from a mobile phone.

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