In February 1998, the federal government and the U.S. transportation construction industry will launch a major project designed to address highway safety concerns. On February 17, the National Highway Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse will open for business. This first-of-its-kind facility will provide transportation agencies, law enforcement departments, highway designers and contractors, labor unions, insurance companies, motor clubs and other interested parties with a wealth of information on how to make road construction zones safer for motorists, pedestrians and highway workers. The Clearinghouse will provide an array of “best practice” information to include work zone design, research reports, information on mounting public awareness and law enforcement campaigns, as well as data on safety consultants, products and training courses. In most cases, information will be provided at no charge.