LOVE? WE GOT IT!
LYNCHBURG – Everyone knows that “Virginia is for L♥vers.” Right?
Well, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Lynchburg District employees are sharing a little love in the form of “love” artwork as part of Virginia’s observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week.
The display is made from many of the materials and equipment used daily by field staff in work zones. The L is made from plastic barrels used to mark many shoulder closures and a simulated concrete box. The O is a large tire marred by snow chains, another fixture in transportation safety. The center of the O contains a black and white sign saying “Safety First.” The V is two plastic cones that are frequently seen in mobile work zones turned upside down and the E is a metal stand with three yellow and black striped warning signs. The entire display rests on a simulated asphalt base.
The barrels and cones contain the signatures of many district employees, as these items were previously used during the Department’s annual Workers Memorial vigil during National Work Zone Awareness Week.
“These signatures represent our employees’ commitment to safety,” said Dale R. Totten, P.E., Lynchburg District Maintenance Engineer. “Our employees are willing to demonstrate that they care for their own safety but, also, that of their co-workers, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists of all kinds.”
National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 9-13, 2018. VDOT will hold a number of events across the state to promote safety in highway work zones during this week. This year’s theme is “Work Zone Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility.”
Currently located on the district lot on Route 501 in Lynchburg, the approximately 20-foot display will continue to “share the love” at various VDOT locations in the coming months.
The Lynchburg District includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.