New York City recently held a ceremony recognizing the importance of keeping public works and utility employees safe in honor of National Work Zone Awareness week, April 9–13. The event took place along the Grand Central Parkway in Corona, Queens.
“The men and women of DEP who build and maintain the City’s critical water and wastewater infrastructure, including the nearly 15,000 miles of water mains and sewers, necessarily work on public roadways and deserve a safe working environment,” said New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “We look forward to building on this important partnership with DOT, DDC, our private utility partners and the public to keep the streets and highways safe for all New Yorkers.”
According to Keith Rooney, Director, Customer and Community Management, National Grid, making work zone safety a bigger priority will save lives.
“National Grid crews are out in full force in our communities and our streets modernizing our natural gas system to enhance reliability and resiliency and improve service to customers,” said Rooney. “Working with DOT, DEP, DDC other agencies, utilities and key stakeholders to highlight the importance of Work Zone Safety will help ensure a safer environment for both workers and motorists.”
At the event, crews repaired guardrails and pruned tree branches along the Grand Central Parkway near Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.