CHEYENNE, Wyoming (Wyoming News Now) — It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week. As the construction season begins to kick off in Wyoming, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) wants everyone to be careful how they drive.

“The ultimate goal is for all of the traveling public to be able to pass through our project site safely and we also want to ensure the safety of construction crews and WYDOT people,” said Wayne Shenefelt, resident engineer, Dist. 1-WYDOT

As WYDOT prepares for its construction season, they ask drivers to watch out for workers and construction barriers.

Wyoming has had more than 300 work zone accidents, resulting in 69 injuries and 5 fatalities in 2020.

Some construction projects have already started and have been ongoing projects since last year.

Three main projects are planned in Cheyenne, Lincolnway, Parsley Boulevard and College.

Supply chain disruptions always lead to project delays, so WYDOT is asking for patience as they work to make the roads safer for the people of Wyoming as quickly as possible.

“A lot of times when we’re working on the roads we reduce the width of the lanes and it’s not as comfortable to cross there at the posted speed limits, so try to follow those construction speed limits and slow down and do just pay attention to things,” Shenefelt said.

I-80 is also expected to receive some minor repairs from Archer to Burns.

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