Work Zone Safety

Work Zone Safety
Posted on 05/21/2019
Drive just about any distance in the Twin Cities right now, and you’ve likely noticed our second season (road construction) is fully underway.

Patience is often required, yet ultimately safety is paramount for both workers and drivers as our roads get repaired/constructed.

Everyone plays a role in maintaining a safe work zone area during roadway construction. Follow these tips while driving through a work site:

Do:
• Pay attention to the orange diamond-shaped warning signs or electronic message boards posted in advance of a road construction project.
• Drive carefully and slowly through the construction site; always obey the posted speed limits in the work zone area. In Minnesota, speeding fines double in a work zone.
• Stay alert. Avoid distractions such as cell phones. Dedicate your full attention to driving.
• Be patient. Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
• Expect the unexpected. Lane shifts and closures can change day-to-day.
• Keep an eye out for construction workers, their equipment and vehicles, as well as the vehicles around you.
• Move over one full lane when approaching a road maintenance, construction or emergency vehicle that is parked or stopped with its warning lights activated. If moving over is not possible, slow down.
• Use the zipper merge. Use both lanes until the merge point, resist the urge to merge early, and take turns at the merge point.

Do Not:
• Speed up or slow down significantly while going through a work zone.
• Slow down to look at the construction work being done.
• Resume normal speed until after you emerge completely out of the work zone area.
• Tailgate. Most of the accidents within a work zone are rear-end collisions.