Seattle tips to keep in mind for Work Zone Awareness Week

Stay safe out there.

A street in Seattle that shows cones and an arrow directing traffic through a construction area with a white truck in the foreground

Work Zone Awareness Week is meant to help keep road workers safe.

Photo via SDOT

Put on those snazzy hard hats — we’re right in the thick of National Work Zone Awareness Week.

This annual campaign encourages safe travel near work zones like the Pike Pine Streetscape improvement project or I-90 construction. It’s something that we might become especially mindful of once speed cameras are installed on local highways in 2024.

In the spirit of the week, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has some pointers if you’re driving near construction:

  • Remain focused (no texting while driving).
  • Read the signs and follow worker instructions.
  • Slow down and don’t tailgate.
  • Sharing is caring — yield space on the roads to large vehicles.

Also, keep an eye on SDOT’s travelers info page and the Washington State Department of Transportation’s real-time traffic map to see work in progress and plan alternate routes. It’ll save you some headaches.