Work Zone

In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 20-24, 2020, TxDOT reminds motorists to make driving safely a priority when passing through the state's more than 3,200 active road construction and maintencance work zones. In 2019, more than 26,000 crashes occurred in work zones in Texas, resulting in 167 fatalities and 690 serious injuries. 

Drivers and passengers account for the majority of those involved in fatal work zone crashes. In 2019, 138 motorists and passengers were killed in work zones. Five construction workers and 24 pedestrians and bicyclists also died. The leading causes of work zone crashes statewide – speeding and driver inattention – are entirely preventable.

Driver Safety

Work zones present a different environment for drivers to navigate. Drivers are likely to encounter uneven pavement, narrow lanes, concrete barriers, slow-moving heavy equipment and vehicles that make sudden stops. Please keep the following tips in mind when driving through work zones:

  • Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones when workers are present and can cost up to $2,000.
  • Pay attention as workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
  • Don’t tailgate. Give yourself room to stop in a hurry. Rear-end collisions are the most common kind of work zone crashes
  • Stay alert, minimize distractions and put the phone away.
  • Watch out for road crews. The only protective gear they wear is a vest, hard hat, and safety boots. Their bodies are no match for your vehicle.
  • Allow extra time. Road construction slows things down. Count on it and plan for it.

More Work to Do

TxDOT continues to work on increased safety measures and public outreach efforts to educate motorists about driving in work zones. We encourage everyone, from engineers and planners to drivers and pedestrians, to take responsibility for work zone safety. As part of this outreach, we remind drivers of the state's Move Over/Slow Down law.  It requires drivers to move over a lane or reduce their speed to 20 mph below the posted speed limit when they see flashing blue or amber lights on a TxDOT vehicle, emergency vehicle, tow truck or utility vechicle stopped on the roadside or shoulder. Violation of this law can result in a fine of up to $2,000.