Paving the roads is a component of construction work. These workers are at risk, since they are often inches from vehicles traveling right by them. Here are some tips for you as a driver to help keep these workers safe and allow them to repair these roads properly.
Each year speeding is found to be the most common cause of traffic accidents. Nearly half of all roadway fatalities result from workers being struck by moving vehicles. Our number one safety recommendation is to SLOW DOWN! Driving conservatively through a work zone means you will still get to your destination while avoiding the increased risk of a crash and injuring yourself or one of our workers.
Orange work signs are placed prior to any work zone. The orange signs and barrels are placed far enough in advance to give motorists plenty of time to slow down, focus, and be alert before entering the work zone. Work zone signage and spacing is dictated by the MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices). On county and city projects there may be a flagger on site directing traffic. Stop when directed and pay attention to what lane they direct you to travel through. Drive slowly as there will be workers and equipment in the roadway as you move through these work zones.
This is true any time you are driving but it is particularly important to be aware when entering a work zone. It is best to “expect the unexpected” as other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly.
• Don’t Follow Too Closely – Leave adequate distance between you and the car in front of you.
• Watch out for Distracted Drivers – Be aware that not everyone may be as alert as you are in the work zone. Watch out for drivers that may be distracted to avoid a potential accident.
Keep in mind that a slight delay now will result in a greatly improved road tomorrow. Also, a well maintained road improves safety and driving conditions while reducing wear on your vehicle. Our crews can do some incredible things to transform miles of roadway but they count on you to travel with work zone safety in mind.
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