Tag: Work Zones

  • April 17th, 2024

Work zones present many challenges for trucks and buses – narrow lanes, sudden stops, traffic pattern shifts, and uneven road surfaces require all drivers to stay alert. In fact, large trucks are over represented in work zone crashes, making up nearly one-third of fatal work zone crashes. It’s critical that all road users approach work […]

  • August 29th, 2023

On average, over 700 fatalities occur in work zones each year. Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) and passenger vehicle drivers both need to be particularly careful while traveling through work zones. Trucks and buses have limited maneuverability and large blind spots, both of which make operating in these areas more challenging for them. In fact, large […]

  • July 20th, 2022

To make work zones safer, state departments of transportation (DOTs) use smart technologies with specialized components, such as sensors, communications, software, and electronic equipment, to manage traffic and operations and disseminate traveler information. The TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s NCHRP Synthesis 587: Use of Smart Work Zone Technologies for Improving Work Zone Safety reviews and documents […]

  • November 10th, 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – The punishment for drivers who move recklessly through work zones has increased. The Alabama Department of Transportation launched a new campaign to make sure all drivers know a new law about driving through construction zones. Recent deaths of road workers along Alabama highways are a sober reminder that there is little […]

  • June 25th, 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVM) – As people get ready to travel for the July 4th holiday, the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Road Builders Association want you to know about a new state law. The fine for any moving traffic violation committed in a construction zone will result in a $250 fine, or double […]

  • April 29th, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) joined state Departments of Transportation and other organizations nationwide today to urge drivers to keep highway workers safe as construction activities increase. They also urged the public to wear orange on April 28 for a national “Go Orange” Day to show their support […]

  • April 20th, 2021

Highway work zones often have major safety and mobility impacts, which are made worse when travelers are unaware that they are approaching a work zone. To monitor and mitigate the mobility and safety impacts of road construction, transportation agencies, first responders, and the public require accurate information about the location, extent, and timing of construction-related […]

  • April 16th, 2019

News of Monday’s morning’s death inside an Alabama construction zone saddened Ann Barlow. “Oh no that’s horrible. I’m sorry to hear that,” Barlow told WBRC outside a state rest stop along I-20/59 in Tuscaloosa. She traveled through at least one work zone on her way to Birmingham from Mississippi. “It’s chaotic and you don’t know […]