During National Work Area Safety Awareness Week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) draws attention to the importance of protecting highway construction workers who will undertake more work under President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law.
“Safety is our department’s top priority, and with historic bipartisan Infrastructure Act funding, our roads and bridges will be safer for everyone, including construction crews working hard to repair and replace our country’s infrastructure,” said Deputy Federal Highways Administrator Stephanie Pollack.
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The bipartisan Infrastructure Act guarantees US$5 billion for the new Safe Streets and Roads for All program and US$15.6 billion in total funding for FHWA’s Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).
National Workplace Safety Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise public awareness and encourage drivers to contribute to the safety of road crews. This year, FHWA is also reminding state and local governments of the resources available to strengthen safety programs.
“We all need to drive safely to ensure that the men and women who repair our roads and bridges can return home safely to their families and loved ones after every shift,” Pollack adds.
FHWA’s work area safety grant program continues under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. More than 122,000 field workers and state, local and tribal personnel have participated in nearly 4,300 courses to date.