Gov. Quinn kicks off work zone safety week

By WEEK Reporter

April 15, 2013 Updated Apr 15, 2013 at 9:22 PM CDT

As the weather gets better, you will see more of those orange barrels--that's why Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is reminding motorists to stay alert.

Governor Quinn came to Morton today to kick off work zone awareness week.

Over the next three years, the Morton area will see one of the largest road construction projects in Central Illinois.

The 93-million dollar project will re-construct the I-74 and 155 interchange.

In any construction zone, motorists are reminded to stay alert so everyone goes home at the end of the day.

"We've got to all slow down when we come into a construction zone," Gov. Quinn said. "We can't use our cell phones to be texting or calling in a work construction zone."

As a reminder-- All hand-held electronic devices are prohibited in construction zones.

Speeding tickets in a work zone are 375-dollars for a first time offense and jump to 1-thousand for a second.

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