BECKLEY - This week nationally recognizes crews working outdoors, while asking the community to do the same.
It’s National ‘Work Zone Awareness Week’ and officials stressed to the public how important it is to travel with caution. Since the colder weather has broken, more outdoor crews will be working on road sides repairing water and sewer lines, fixing pot holes and doing utility work. Officials urge drivers to slow down and give space to any crew working near traffic.
Beckley Sanitary Board Education and Communication Coordinator, Judy Wilson, said their workers' safety depends on the patience of passersby and officials remind drivers to pay attention to work zone signs while traveling.
“Slow down, be patient. They're there to make the area better. It's for your benefit, for the city to make it nicer so just have patience when you're there,” said Wilson.
Officials said this time of year will be busy for many outdoor crews, so be aware of workers throughout the warmer months.