A Word from the National Work Zone Safety Information ClearinghouseAuthor/Presenter: Ruane, T. Peter; Ullman, Gerald
The National Work Zone Safety Clearinghouse was opened in February 1998. More than 10 million people have been reached through 95 news articles that have been written about the project in publications. More than 20,000 people around the nation received the Clearinghouse newsletter. During the first nine months of 1998, there were also more than 230,000 “hits” on the Clearinghouse website in addition to phone calls, faxes, and emails. The transportation construction industry and the federal government understand that more must be done to improve safety in our nation’s roadway work zones. Better worker safety training and motorist education, and better work zone traffic control design, procedure, and technology are needed. Information sharing and technology transfer are important. The Work Zone Safety Clearinghouse has become a part of the solution as an increasing number of work zone safety professionals are looking to new places for answers. The Clearinghouse was established to collect roadway safety-related information and serve as a central “library” on the subject. The Clearinghouse maintains a comprehensive web site that includes additional work zone safety-related information.