Work Zone Educational Materials

From spring to fall, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has up to 500 road construction and maintenance work zones around Iowa. Each year, work zone related crashes result in injuries, fatalities, and thousands of dollars in vehicle and property damage.

You’re never too young to start learning about work zones and how to stay safe in them. The Iowa DOT has established a work zone safety curriculum for grades three, five and eight. There is also a handbook for driver’s education teachers and their students. These materials are designed to introduce work zones to Iowans at a young age, and hopefully carry the safety messages with them to pass along to their parents and adopt as their own.

These materials can fit into your curriculum in a number of ways, such as a part of other safety-related studies or a stand-alone session. Regardless, we hope you and your students will have fun learning about highway work zones and the important role they have in keeping Iowa’s roads safe.

There are a number of ways to obtain copies of the booklets and posters offered for each grade. You can download them directly from this site by choosing one of two formats. The 8.5 by 11 inch pdf will give you single facing pages, and the 17 by 11 inch pdf is formatted to print on tabloid paper, two-sided. Both posters are 11 by 17 inches. You may also contact the Iowa DOT with the grade level and number of materials requested. The materials will be printed, assembled and shipped to Iowa residents only at no extra charge. Those from other states may take advantage of the available downloads.

For hard copies please contact: Christina Andersen at 515-239-1235 or