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2019 Work Zone Safety Poster Contest

2019 Work Zone Safety Poster Contest

Feb 20, 2019

In support of National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) running April 8-12, the Kent County Road Commission and Kentwood Public Works Department invite third-grade students in Kent County to participate in the third annual Work Zone Safety Poster Contest and help encourage motorists to Drive Like You Work Here.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season. This year’s theme, “Drive Like You Work Here,” reminds drivers that their actions play a large role in keeping our workers safe. Ultimately, this means using caution and care when driving through work zones.

Participation: Third-grade students from Kent County are asked to design a “caution sign” that focuses on one of the following safety tips for driving through a work zone:

  • Stay Alert and Avoid Distractions. Dedicate your full attention to driving. Avoid using a phone or changing the radio station.
  • Maintain a Safe Distance. Remember to leave extra braking distance between vehicles. The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear-end collision, which most often occurs when a vehicle is traveling too close to the vehicle in front of it or traveling too fast for work zone conditions.
  • Obey Posted Speed Limit. Workers are often just feet away, and reduced speeds allow motorists to safely adjust to changing conditions within the work zone. Remember: fines may be doubled for moving traffic violations in work zones.

Students may use crayons, markers, colored pencils, pens and/or pencils to create their design. Posters (i.e. caution signs) will be judged on creativity, originality, and their ability to strongly convey a message.

2018 Poster Contest: Winning Entries

Classroom Resources: A Work Zone Safety Classroom Resource Folder ( includes a letter to families, contest entry form (poster template), submission instructions, work zone safety videos, and tip sheet.

Entry Submission: Submissions may be emailed, mailed (postmarked) or dropped-off by Friday, March 22.

  • Maura Lamoreaux:, 616.242.6949
  • Maura Lamoreaux, Kent County Road Commission 1500 Scribner Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    If mailing your school’s submission, please email to confirm submission.

Winning Submissions: Educators will be contacted regarding the winning selections and a public announcement will be made during National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 8-12).

  • Contest winners will receive a special prize and metal replica of their sign
  • Each contest participant will receive a certificate of appreciation
  • All contest submissions will be exhibited at the 2019 National Public Works Week Family Event
    Kentwood Public Works facility, Wednesday, May 15, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Maura Lamoreaux, Communication Manager, Kent County Road Commission at 616-242-6949 or


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