WICHITA, Kan.— As part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7, the Kansas Turnpike Authority has identified Davis Bloom of Overland Park as the winner of a second annual design contest. Bloom was selected out of 55 other submissions from various schools around the state.
National Work Zone Awareness Week is a safety campaign held each spring encouraging safe driving through work zones in order to prevent injuries and fatalities for workers and motorists. In order to reach teen drivers with this message, the Kansas Turnpike Authority held a second annual design contest for students in grades 8-12 across Kansas.
“In 2016, work zone crashes in Kansas were up significantly from the previous year. Teen drivers are in their formative driving years and this contest is a way to instill those good habits early,” said Rachel Bell, KTA’s Director of Business Services & Customer Relations.
Contestants submitted a ¾ page advertisement focused on work zone safety. Bloom’s work will be published in VYPE Magazine and KTA’s monthly newsletter, Turnpike Times. View Bloom’s work, as well as the other finalists, at http://bit.ly/2nDLAXF
For more than 60 years, the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) maintains 236 miles of user-fee supported roadway from the Oklahoma border to Kansas City. KTA doesn’t receive state or federal tax funds. Instead, toll revenue pays for preservation and modernization of the Turnpike system. With the current long-term plan, KTA is investing $1.2 billion in over 40 projects. KTA’s mission is to provide safe, economical, high-quality transportation service to its customers.