The DFW Connector project has focused on promoting safe driving practices in the work zone to increase safety for both drivers and project workers.
To involve local communities in the project’s work zone safety campaign, NorthGate Constructors gave a $5,000 scholarship to one high school student in Carroll ISD. Last week, organizers announced Dragon student Allison Bridges was the winner.
The contest was open to students from freshman through senior classes. Students applied for one of the three work zone safety scholarships by submitting entries about the importance of: driving the posted 50 mph speed limit through the work zone and limiting cell phone usage while driving. As part of the application, students will also answer three short answer questions about work zone safety. Scholarship applications were judged by a panel that will include elected officials, community business leaders, local personalities and DFW Connector project representatives.
This initiative involved the local community schools that are directly affected by the DFW Connector construction and educate new drivers traveling through the project on the importance of safe driving practices. Kristen Schropp, Public Information Coordinator for NorthGate Constructors, states, “We really want to encourage a younger demographic to focus on the road while driving, especially in the work zone.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group. 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving (distraction.gov).
The $1.02 billion DFW Connector project is being built under a comprehensive development agreement (CDA) between TxDOT and NorthGate Constructors allowing for NorthGate to design and build the project simultaneously, shortening the time needed to deliver the project. Information on the DFW Connector Project is available online at www.dfwconnector.com or the Info Hotline at 877-411-4212.