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Work Zone Safety Poster Contest

Work Zone Safety Poster Contest

Public works and road agencies throughout Kent County collaborate for the sixth annual Work Zone Safety Poster Contest for third-grade students. From April 12 to May 3, third graders are invited to submit a caution sign that helps spread an important safety tip for those traveling through a work zone.

The poster contest aligns with National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11 to 15, and supports this year’s theme, “Work Zones Are a Sign to Slow Down.”

Participating agencies include the Department of Public Works for the cities of East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Walker and Wyoming and the Kent County Road Commission.

Work Zone Safety Poster Contest Entry Examples

How to participate: 

Third grade students are asked to design a “caution sign” that focuses on one of the following safety tips for driving through a work zone:

  • Stay Focused/Avoid Distractions. Dedicate your full attention to driving. Avoid distractions like using a phone, eating or adjusting dashboard controls like the radio.
  • Obey Flaggers and Work Zone Signs. Flaggers are people who help direct traffic safely through work zones. It is important that motorists obey directions given by flaggers and any temporary traffic control signs or devices. These help to define a safe path through the work zones.
  • Slow Down, Move Over. Workers are often just feet away from motorists. That’s why Michigan’s “Move Over” law requires drivers to move over one lane when an emergency or road agency vehicle is on the side of the road with its lights flashing. If it is not possible to move into another lane due to traffic, weather, or road conditions, the motorist should slow down and pass with caution.

How to Create the Caution Sign (select one):

Options for Contest Entry Submission (select one):


  • Scan or take a picture of the student's "caution sign" and email it to Maura Lamoreaux at 
  • Make sure to include the student’s name as you would like it to appear on a certificate of appreciation


  • Teachers may submit their students' entries at one time following directions provided here

Contest Entry Information

  • Winners will be announced during National Public Works Week, May 15 to 21
  • Winners will receive a special prize of recognition
  • All participants will receive a "Certificate of Appreciation"

Deadline Extension: Submissions are due by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Resource Folder

A Work Zone Safety Resource Folder includes a letter describing the contest, caution sign template entry, submission cover page and instructions, work zone safety videos, and tip sheet.