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Governor Responds To Construction Work Zone Dangers

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The risk of fatalities in construction zones prompted Governor Bill Haslam to deem the week of April 15 – 19 Work Zone Awareness Week in Tennessee.

Inspector John Halliburton with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said he's worked in dangerous situations before and while he's suspended in a box, over a river and under a bridge, he said it can be safer in the lift, than working up above on the interstate.

"I say most of the danger is due to the motoring public not paying attention to what they are doing and that what we try to get out to the public, just slow down a bit under you get from around us," said Halliburton. "There are times when we've had to jump of the shoulder."

"We want to make sure people driving through work zones where we have TDOT employees, you slow down," said TDOT spokesperson Deanna Lambert.

In the last 65 years, there have been 108 TDOT employees killed on the job. Officials said it's a reminder to everyone just how dangerous a work zone is for workers and for drivers.

"Last year in the state of Tennessee, there were 12 people who died in work zones, nine of those were drivers," said Lambert.

"We're probably paying more attention to them than they are to us sometime, because you just never know," said Halliburton.


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