Every year we embark on hundreds of planned and emergency construction projects across our community.
With every construction zone comes equipment, workers, and even daily changes and alignment in the roads you are traveling. As a result, it is critical that you do your part to make the cone zones safe.
Here are some work zone facts to put work zone safety into perspective:
- 4 out of 5 work zone fatalities are motorists.
- One work zone fatality occurs nationwide every 15 hours.
- One work zone injury occurs nationwide every 14 minutes.
In 2017, 15 work zone fatalities occurred in Colorado, an over 100 percent increase from the seven fatalities in 2016. Reduced speed limits, flaggers and police enforcement are all used to help keep work zones safe, but motorists still need to drive responsibly.
For your safety and the safety of our crews, consider these tips the next time you’re on the road, and help us prevent a cone zone from being a danger zone. Remember each worker is someone's loved one, we want them to return home safe every day.
- Slow down and obey the posted speed limits.
- Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
- Avoid using cell phones while driving in work zones.
- Do not tailgate. Allow plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.
- Watch for workers and pedestrians.
- Follow instructions on the construction signs.
- Do not change lanes unnecessarily.
- Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.
- Flashing warning signs can be very distracting, be extra alert at night while driving in work zones.
- Avoid watching the work occurring behind the cones/barriers and keep your eyes alert to road conditions.
- Do not drive through barricades! They are there for everyone’s safety including your own.