March 17, 2016

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SouthEast Connector Project Team Shares Spring Break Safety Tips

Dear Stakeholder:

Spring break starts for many families next week, and the SouthEast Connector project team wants to remind parents and their children of the importance of construction zone safety with the following tips:

1. Orange means construction. Orange cones, orange signs and orange fencing all indicate an active construction zone, even if it looks like there is no activity. Play safe and respect the cone zone. Do not enter a construction site.

2. Heavy equipment is not a playground. Though it may look fun, do not play in or around heavy equipment. Some equipment can be operated remotely without an operator inside. When equipment is being used, sudden turning movements are common and you may not be visible.

3. Save your swimming for the lake or pool. Swimming in creeks, streams and rivers can be dangerous. The water may not be as shallow as you think it is, and there could be debris in the water that could present a safety concern.

4. Pipes and holes are not for hiding. Construction sites are filled with holes and large pipes that may look fun to crawl and hide in, but they can be dangerous. Especially in construction areas, holes are not stable and can collapse on top of you. Pipes are dark, so you don’t know what could be at the other end.

5. View wildlife from a distance. Just like you, wild animals love to be outside during the warm weather. For your safety and for the animals’ safety it’s best to leave them alone. Some animals may seem nice and approachable, but they scare easily and become unpredictable.

The project team encourages you to share these tips with your loved ones. Have a safe and enjoyable spring break!

Stakeholder updates will be distributed weekly, and as construction operations progress.

For more information please call the project hotline at (775) 789-9832 or email For additional information and to sign-up to receive updates visit

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