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Work Zone Safety

Travelers should be prepared to reduce speeds and drive alert when passing through construction zones. Recognizing and understanding the orange-and-black signs found in construction zones is essential to a safe trip.

lane merge sign
This indicates a lane merge ahead. Leave time to merge safely and be courteous by letting other drivers merge.

lane shift sign

This indicates a lane shift. Reduce speeds and be prepared to steer through curves and for narrower travel lanes through the area.


flagman sign

This means a flag person ahead will be stopping or slowing traffic. Be prepared to stop!





Always keep in mind that construction zones can be busy places, with people and equipment on the move. Work is routinely performed very close to passing traffic. Drifting from the lane, even for a split second, could be dangerous.

  • As soon as you see lights, vests or reflectors, check traffic around you, SLOW DOWN and MOVE OVER if safe to do so.
  • Drivers MUST use due care when approaching an emergency vehicle or hazard vehicle including police vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, construction and maintenance vehicles and tow trucks.
  • The Move Over Law applies to both sides of the roadway, not just the shoulder on the right.

Obey the posted speed limits in these areas and remember that speeding fines are doubled in work zones. Most importantly, always remember to buckle seat belts.

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