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Work Zone Safety

Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) Program

To ensure the safety of both motorists and highway construction and maintenance workers, New York State implemented an Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program in October 2022. This joint initiative between the New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Department of Transportation will complement the state’s ongoing effort to have motorists reduce speed in work zones to make our highways safer.

The Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program is a result of legislation (S.4682-B/A.485-B) signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul in September 2021.

Work Zone Safety Signs

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.

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.

Safety & Emergency

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