Orange barrels everywhere as ODOT plans 950 construction projects this year


With a record 950 construction projects scheduled this year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
is reminding motorists to be "work zone aware," and think safety for themselves, other
drivers, and all roadside workers. In addition, ODOT is teaming up with the Ohio State Highway Patrol,
other law enforcement agencies and local media to raise awareness about work zone driving laws.
"At ODOT, we work hard to design and maintain the safest possible driving conditions through highway
work zones," said Director Jerry Wray. "But accidents can and do happen, especially in work
zones, and it’s up to all of us to keep those accident numbers down.
"We also hope drivers will remember that a work zone can be a mile of barrels and barricades, or a
single vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road," Wray added. "No matter the case,
it means someone is out doing their job, and it’s Ohio’s law to slow down and move over so they can do
it safely."
In 2014, more than 5,100 crashes occurred in ODOT work zones-the equivalent of one every two hours. More
than 1,000 people were injured and 17 lost their lives. .
To make work zones safer for everyone, ODOT offers these driving tips:
•    Don’t Speed. Reducing your speed to 45 mph through a two-mile work zone adds less than a minute to
your commute.
•    Stay Alert. In work zones, traffic lanes may shift or close; large, slow-moving equipment may enter
or exit the highway, or other drivers may respond unexpectedly. Watch for barrels and directional signs,
obey flaggers and be aware of workers and other drivers.
•    Know Before You Go. Visit or follow your local traffic reporters for up-to-date
construction information

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