Now that we’re moving into prime outdoor weather, you’ll likely see more construction zones throughout the City as crews take advantage of the sunshine and moderate temperatures. Our crews are trained to work in high risk areas like next to or sometimes in the middle of the road. However, much of their safety depends on you. Here are a few tips we hope you’ll consider the next time you drive by a work zone.
Follow the Speed Limit: Many times the speed limit in a construction zone is lowered in an effort to protect workers and drivers alike. And unless noted specifically on the speed limit sign, these adjusted speed limits are 24/7, not just when you see construction activities going on.
Don’t Tailgate: Equipment, workers, and even materials such as sand or rock could enter the roadway at any time. In work zones, give yourself more space than usual between you and the car in front of you. The driver in front of you may need to stop short or you may find yourself needing more room to maneuver around something unexpected.
Put Down the Phone: This is my number one suggestion. Please put down your phone. No texting or talking while driving. Give your undivided attention to the roadway. Distractions can be deadly.
So please, keep yourself and our roadside workers safe by slowing down and staying alert through work zones!