ConnDOT: Work Zone Safety Awareness

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Work zones can present unfamiliar situations to all roadway users. Hazards can appear suddenly and unexpectedly that can endanger both motorists and highway workers. The Connecticut Department of Transportation strives to make all travel in the state safe and efficient.

There’s lots of information here to help you do your part in helping us all get where we want to go safely.

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2017 National Work Zone Awareness Week – April 3-7, 2017

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{WZS 2017 Poster Contest Update}  

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Roadway Safety Poster Contest
presented at the 2017 Work Zone Safety Awareness Press Conference!
Visit the Connecticut Technology Transfer Center Blog for more information about how we get
young kids excited about safety  

{WZS 2017 Poster Contest Winner K-1}
Juliet Caulfield, Winner K-1


{WZS 2017 Poster Contest Honorable Mention K-1}
Jai Gundapwar, Honorable Mention K-1


{WZS 2017 Poster Contest Winner 2-4}
Gavin Foran, Winner 2-4


{WZS 2017 Poster Contest Honorable Mention 2-4}
Raychelle Zheng, Honorable Mention 2-4


{WZS 2017 Poster Contest Winner 5-6}
Ashlyn Abate, Winner 5-6


{WZS 2017 Poster Contest Honorable Mention 5-6}
James Steele, Honorale Mention 5-6




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.
Below are tips for travelling in work zones:

{10 Tips For Safe Driving In WorkZones}

  • 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.

  • Stay Alert. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid distraction while approaching and driving/walking/biking in a work zone.

  • Keep a Safe Distance between you and the car ahead of you. Rear-end collisions account for 30% of work zone crashes.

  • Obey Speed Limit. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.

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

  • Obey Road Crew Flaggers and Pay Attention to the Signs. The flagger knows what is best for moving all road users safely through the work zone. The construction signs are there to help everyone move safely through the work zone.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wear Your Seatbelt. It is your best defense in a crash.

  • Slow down when the signs say to. A car traveling 60 m.p.h. travels 88 feet per second. If you're going 60 m.p.h., and you pass a sign that states, “Road Work 1,500 feet,” you'll be in that work zone in 17 seconds.

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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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Connecticut statistics 1/1/2015 to 1/7/2017

  • 2,059 crashes identified as being in work zone.

  • Thursday is when the highest percentage of crashes occur.

  • 27 crashes involved a Collision with a Pedestrian (workers and support personnel are classified as pedestrians).

  • 69 crashes involved Collision with Work Zone Maintenance Equipment.

  • 67 involved Collision with a Parked Motor Vehicle.

  • 9 Fatalities occurred in work zones.

*These data are exempt from discovery or admission under 23 U.S.C 409.
Data Extracted 1/10/17


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

Hot Topics






Useful Links


{USFHWA} {WZ Safety Information Clearinghouse} {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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