GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Spring has sprung, which means you will be seeing more crews along the side of the road, working on construction projects.
Monday kicked off Work Zone Awareness Week in Kentucky.
This year, KYTC District 9, which covers Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, and Lewis counties, has more than $8 million in paving and highway construction projects planned.
During a press conference Monday in Greenup County, several transportation officials and construction workers spoke about the importance of safety in construction zones.
Some of the tips they offer while traveling through construction zones include slow down, don't tailgate, plan ahead and check online or call 511 if you live in Kentucky for construction information, pay close attention to signs and work zone flaggers, stay alert, minimize distractions, expect the unexpected and be patient.
"It is not unusual for workers to see drivers with a cell phone to their ear, trying to maneuver through traffic cones and construction equipment," said KYTC Secretary Mike Hancock. "We're asking drivers to consider work zones as 'no phone zones' in order to keep everyone safe on our roadways."
Some of the major projects scheduled for this year are listed below:
Nearly $5 million in paving, guardrail and repair projects are planned as part of District 9's Rural Secondary Program.