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Hampton Roads Utilities Team Up with VDOT to Increase Work Zone Safety Awareness

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – April 11, 2016 – Virginia Natural Gas, Columbia Gas of Virginia, Dominion Virginia Power and HRSD are showing their support for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) by promoting National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11-15. The goal of the 2016 statewide social media campaign is to increase awareness about the risks involved in working and driving in work zones, and to encourage safe driving and safe work habits in and around work zones.

Work Zone Awareness Week began in Virginia in 1999 when a VDOT employee had the idea to raise public awareness of the hazards associated with traveling through highway work zones. During the 2016 week-long public awareness campaign starting Monday, April 11, the Hampton Roads utility companies are proud to stand by VDOT and post important safety messages on their respective social media sites with a goal of increasing motorists’ awareness of work zone safety. 

National Work Zone Awareness Week traditionally is held at the start of the construction season to remind motorists to be mindful of active work zones where utility workers and contractors also work near roadways, or within rights of way to maintain and repair their infrastructure. 

As part of the awareness efforts, the companies are providing the following work zone safety awareness tips:
  • Watch for workers wearing safety vests, which are usually orange and fluorescent lime-green with reflective trim. All workers must wear safety vests in the work-zone area.
  • Expect the unexpected: Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road. 
  • Slow down: Speeding is a major cause of work-zone crashes. 
  • Keep a safe distance: Allow the three-seconds rule to govern the amount of distance between your vehicle, the construction workers and their equipment. 
  • Pay attention to the signs: Arrow boards, signs and flaggers are present to help guide you safely through the work zone. 
  • Stay alert and minimize distractions: Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid distractions like changing radio stations or using cell phones while driving in a work zone. 
About Virginia Natural Gas
Virginia Natural Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), provides retail natural gas sales and distribution services to 290,000 customers in southeast Virginia.  For more information, visit www.virginianaturalgas.com.

About Virginia Department of Transportation 
For more information, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/

About Columbia Gas of Virginia
Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley, the Lynchburg region and parts of Western Virginia. With headquarters in Chesterfield County, the company is one of the 7 energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) serving 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers. Always call 811 before you dig and Dig with CARE. Learn more at www.ColumbiaGasVa.com.

About Dominion Virginia Power

Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy. Dominion provides energy or products and services to more than five million customers in 14 states. It has a portfolio of approximately 24,300 megawatts of generation and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion also operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 933 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.

About HRSD
HRSD, the regional wastewater treatment utility, currently serves 17 cities and counties in Coastal Virginia. For more information, visit www.hrsd.com.


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