The Work Zone Safety Task Force was established in 1993 by executive order as the work zone policy making group for WSDOT. The task force meets twice a year and is chaired by Chris Christopher, State Maintenance Engineer and Jeff Carpenter, State Construction Engineer. Membership is made up from several state agencies and industry representation including WSDOT, FHWA, WSP, Roadway Contractors and others. The Traffic Control Oversight Committee, Safety Products Team and the Technical Subcommittee report to the task force and are responsible for various work zone related training and technical standards development and oversight.
The task force agenda contains many different work zone items that may include training, standards, new products, innovative practices, legislation and more.
The task force is constantly involved in examining current work zone trends and issues and has been a driving force in improving work zone safety in the state of Washington.
The task force may be contacted through any of the members.
Work Zone Safety Task Force Meeting Minutes:
Barrel Picker Operation video (2min. 31sec wmv)
Work Zone Safety Task Force - Work Plan (pdf 164)
Work Zone Technical Subcommittee is chaired by the State Work Zone Safety and Mobility Manager. The technical team is tasked with the discussing, evaluating, processing and reporting to the main committee those technical issues that are raised at the task force committee meetings. Team members representing each of the regions are:
Work Zone Safety Products Team evaluates work zone related safety products for possible use in Washington. The team includes members Marty Weed, Frank Newboles, Steve Haapala and other region contacts as appropriate for evaluation purposes. If you have a question about a traffic control device or if a specific device has been evaluated by WSDOT contact Marty Weed.