Lewisville, Texas – What do monsters have to do with construction? AGL Constructors created monsters from recycled construction barrels to promote safety in the 35ExpressProject work zone during National Safety Week in May. The joint venture — made up of Archer Western Contractors, Granite Construction Company and The Lane Construction Company – was recognized at the American Road and Transportation Builders Association National Convention on Wednesday, Sept. 30 with the organization’s Work Zone Safety Awareness Award (Local/Municipal Outreach Category). This year’s convention was held in Philadelphia, PA.
“Safety is the top concern for AGL Constructors and we are pleased to receive this national honor from ARTBA for our efforts,” said Mark Smith, Deputy Project Manager for the 35Express Project. “This campaign provided a light-hearted approach to a serious topic that our industry deals with on a daily basis: safety, not only for our workers, but for the traveling public.”
The Barrel Monster campaign was a multi-media effort that included social and digital media to promote safety in the work zone. Crew members were provided a small budget to design and create monsters that were placed along the 35Express Project corridor (from U.S. 380 in Denton to I-635 in Dallas County). This year’s entrants included Emmitt from the Lego® Movie, an airplane with a working propeller and pilot, elephant, eagle and an excavator. Monsters were voted on by the public via Facebook app and by the AGL leadership team.
The ARTBA Work Zone Safety Awareness Awards provide a national platform to recognize outstanding public and private sector programs that help to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities in roadway construction zones. The program honors the efforts of national, state and local private sector organizations, such as construction companies, utility companies or trade associations, which promote roadway work zone safety through implementation of employee and/or public education campaigns and training programs.
The $1.4 billion 35Express project is approximately 30 miles long and stretches from U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County to I-635 in Dallas County. AGL Constructors, a joint venture between Archer Western Contractors L.L.C., Granite Construction Incorporated and the Lane Construction Corporation in partnership with the design team of Parsons and HDR Inc., manages construction of the 35Express Project for the Texas Department of Transportation. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.
SOURCE AGL Constructors