Work Zone

During National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7, 2017, TxDOT is launching a Work Zone Awareness campaign “Humans at Work” to educate drivers on how to avoid preventable crashes and save lives. Through the campaign, the human element is front and center by featuring TxDOT employees sharing their stories of working in the work zone. 

In 2016, there were 25,713 crashes in Texas work zones, resulting in 181 fatalities; an increase of 27 percent from the previous year.  At any given time in Texas, there are more than 2,500 active work zones on state roads. While many TxDOT workers are injured or killed in work zones, it's motorists that make up 82 percent of work zone fatalities.

The top two causes for fatal work zone crashes were failure to control speed and failure to drive in a single lane.

Driver Safety

Roadway work zones are hazardous, both for workers and motorists who drive through the complex array of signs, barrels and lane changes. Please keep the following tips in mind when driving through work zones:

  • Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones when workers are present; fines can cost up to $2,000.
  • Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
  • Don’t tailgate.
  • Stay alert and minimize distractions such as cell phones.
  • Obey road crew flaggers;
  • Expect the unexpected. Delays from highway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
  • Plan ahead. Leave a few minutes early when traveling through a work zone in order to reach your destination on time.

More Work to Do

Work zone safety and awareness is critical, both for drivers and for the men and women who work on our highways. As TxDOT continues to work on increased safety measures and public outreach efforts to educate motorists about the dangers of work zones, we encourage everyone to take responsibility for work zone safety; from engineers and planners to drivers and pedestrians.

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