Orange glow appeals to safety not UT football

Monday, April 19, 2010 at 11:45pm
Staff reports

If some of Nashville’s landmarks seem to have an orange glow this week, it’s not because the city has been taken over by Tennessee Vols fans. The city is trying to raise awareness of work zone safety.

Metro’s Historic Courthouse, Deaderick Street and the Bridgestone Arena tower are among city landmarks that will be turned to orange later through Friday for “National Work Zone Awareness Week.”

Metro Public Works is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to remind the public that work zones deserve their undivided attention in order to ensure workers remain safe from potential dangers of distracted driving.

This year, Metro is taking part in the annual campaign because of the amount of construction work underway in downtown Nashville, including the new Music City Center and several major water line replacement projects on Lower Broadway and surrounding streets.

The I-40/White Bridge Road interchange project site and the Nashville skyline will be lit in orange all week to draw attention to work zones at night.

The State Capitol, James K. Polk Building (TDOT’s Headquarters Office) and TDOT’s Region 3 Office on Centennial Boulevard also will be orange each night during Work Zone Awareness Week.