COLORADO SPRINGS – A recent report says work zone fatalities in Colorado have skyrocketed.
The Gazette reports a study by the Colorado Department of Transportation says the 2017 death toll in work zones was 15, compared with seven in 2016 and 2015 and eight in 2014.
No Colorado Department of Transportation worker was killed in a work zone in 2017. The department already has had an employee, maintenance operator Nolan Olson, die in a work zone this year.
This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 9-13).
The Colorado Department of Transportation and other state employees will wear orange Wednesday to commemorate the week and honor the families of those who lost their lives in work zones. The public is invited to join.