ConnDOT: Work Zone Safety Awareness

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Work zones can present unfamiliar situations to all roadway users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Hazards can appear suddenly and unexpectedly that can endanger both motorists and roadway workers. The Connecticut Department of Transportation strives to make all travel in the state safe and efficient. The Work Zone Safety Awareness Working Group strives to reduce crashes in work zones down to zero!

We invite you to use the information offered here to help you get involved in helping us all get where we want to go safely. 

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2018 National Work Zone Awareness Week – April 9-13, 2018

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CT Work Zone Safety Awareness Press Conference

Special Guest
Honorable Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman

April 9, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Connecticut Department of Transportation Headquarters
2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington CT

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DOT Vehicle present behind the fallen highway worker memorial during the
2017 National Work Zone Safety Awareness Press Conference Event.

Winners of the 8th Annual “Roadway Safety Poster Contest”
Will Be Announced at the Press Conference!

The CT Technology Transfer Center is partnering with CT Work Zone Safety Awareness Campaign and the CT Governor’s Highway Safety Program to join forces with Ruff Ruffman of ‘PBSkids’ and CT DOT’s own Slow Down Sam to spread the word on Roadway Safety.
Check out the CT Technology Center’s Blog for more information, and to sign up to be on their email list!

We want to make roadway safety a priority and asked the children of Connecticut to help promote roadway safety through art. The children were asked to submit creative posters illustrating roadway safety concepts from a child’s point of view. Hundreds of submissions have poured in and we can’t WAIT to see who the winners are!

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Work on Safety. Get Home Safely. Every Day.

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CTDOT honors and remembers all the men and women who have perished
while working in highway work zones.  Even 1 is too many!

Learn more about National Work Zone Awareness Week


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Work zones can present unfamiliar situations to all roadway users. Hazards presented to our traveling public include changes in traffic patterns, closed or narrowed travel lanes, closed sidewalks, and the presence of construction equipment and personnel.

As drivers, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians, we are all responsible for keeping work zones safe.

{10 Tips For Traveling Safely in Work Zones}  

    1. Expect the Unexpected.
      Things may change overnight on the routes you travel every day! Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes and sidewalks may be closed, narrowed, or shifted and people may be working on or near the road.

    2. Stay Alert.
      Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid distraction while approaching and driving/walking/biking in a work zone. The construction signs are there to help everyone move safely through the work zone.

    3. Keep a Safe Distance.
      Drive defensively by keeping distance between you and the car ahead of you. Most rear-end accidents occur because of following too closely and traveling too fast for conditions.

    4. Obey Speed Limit.
      Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Traveling at 60 mph, if you see a sign that indicates a Work Zone is 1,500 feet ahead, you’ll be there in 17 seconds!!

    5. Keep Up with the Traffic Flow.
      Don’t slow down to look at road work.

    6. Obey Road Crew Flaggers.
      The flagger knows what is best for moving all road users safely through the work zone.

    7. Know Before You Go.
      Check radio, TV, and websites for traffic information; and schedule enough time so you can reach your destination on time and safely. Learn to expect delays.

    8. Be Patient and Stay Calm.
      Work zones are not there to personally inconvenience you. Remember, the crew members are working to improve the transportation system you use every day.

    9. Wear Your Seatbelt.
      It is your best defense in a crash and it's the law.

    10. Obey the signs.
      There are signs at the beginning AND the end of the work zone. Obey the signs all the way through to the end of the work zone. Remember, some work zones are moving and may cover a distance.



Our Work Zone Safety Campaign mascots and volunteers show up wherever YOU are to remind all our motorists to "Slow Down for Work Zones"! If you see us around, come say “Hello!” to Work Zone Wally, Slow Down Sam, Darryl the Barrel Dog, and the Obey The Orange Crew!

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Montville Touch-A-Truck, 2017


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I-84 Waterbury Reconstruction Project “Fill the Bucket” event to benefit St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury, November, 2017!

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Safety Manuals and Guides

{Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices - 2009 Edition} {29 CFR 1926 OSHA Construction Industry Regulations} {WZS Safety Reports} {Hot Topics}
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices - 2009 Edition 29 CFR 1926 OSHA Construction Industry Regulations

Work Zone Safety Reports & Information

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Useful Links



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{CT Travel Information Map}

{FARS Encyclopedia}

{Fleet Safety Video}

{CTDOT Safety Page}

{CT Approved Flagger Programs}

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway AdministrationU.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration

The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse

Connecticut Travel Information Map

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Encyclopedia

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Traveling Through A Work Zone

Department of Transportation Safety Page

CT Approved
Flagger Programs

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